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Friends of Angola criticizes police action on demonstration in Luanda

The non-governmental organization (NGO) Friends of Angola (FoA) criticized this Thursday's police action during Wednesday's demonstration in front of the National Assembly during the inauguration of the president of the National Electoral Commission.

: Ampe Rogério/Lusa
Ampe Rogério/Lusa  

"The FoA reiterates to the Angolan authorities that they put an immediate end to the serious violations against human rights and the Constitution of the Republic of Angola, in particular the right of assembly, peaceful demonstration and expression", reads a note sent to Lusa.

"According to witnesses, including reports linked to media present on the scene, the police not only used violence against the demonstrators, but also assaulted journalists and dropped two tear gas bombs against a primary school, where some of the demonstrators took refuge," the text adds.

Due to the actions of the National Police, "there was a riot inside the school, where children fainted, others wept for their parents, while others were transported to another yard near the school. The citizens passing by the National Assembly were harassed by police officers, who were carrying them against every human being passing by," reads the statement.

For the FoA, these acts "have been recurrent in recent years by the Angolan authorities, thus violating the Constitution of the Republic of Angola in its Article 47 and other international norms that enshrine respect for citizens' rights".

The communiqué states that "state institutions, in particular those of organs of national sovereignty, must be guided by strict respect for the law and the Constitution because it is not possible in a country that claims to be democratic and legal to appoint a citizen to a position such as the CNE who is indicted in criminal proceedings before the Supreme Court", it concludes.


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