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Court starts this Tuesday to judge 29 detainees for disturbances in Luanda

The Luanda court began this Tuesday to judge 29 people detained in Luanda, following the disturbances that took place this Monday during the taxi drivers' stoppage, reported Angolan Public Television.


The initial assessment of the police pointed to the detention of 17 young people suspected of acts of vandalism and rioting, which included burning tires and barricades on roads, a bus and a building of the MPLA (party in power) set on fire, traffic cut off in some lanes, threats and attempts to lynch journalists.

The summary judgment will take place in the 6th section of the Luanda provincial court, better known as "D. Ana Joaquina".

Roads cut, flooding at stops, disturbances and popular revolt marked on Monday morning the first hours of the taxi drivers' stoppage, called by three associations, in the city of Luanda.

The strike was called by the Associação Nova Aliança dos Taxistas de Angola (ANATA), the Association of Taxi Drivers of Angola and the Association of Taxi Drivers of Luanda, which repudiated and distanced themselves from the acts of vandalism.

On Monday, the provincial secretary of the Popular Movement for the Liberation of Angola (MPLA) in Luanda, Bento Bento, suggested that elements of the National Union for the Total Independence of Angola (UNITA), the main opposition party, were linked to the vandalism. , which UNITA denied, recommending that the government "solve the people's problems".

Both parties, which will contest general elections this year, strongly condemned the incidents.


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