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UNITA announces protests if angolan youth celebration date is not reviewed by April

The United and Revolutionary Youth of Angola (JURA), UNITA's youth arm, announced this Thursday protests, for 14 April, if there are no "clear signs" from the authorities about the revision of the date of celebration of the Angolan youth.

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"If from now until April 14 there are no clear signs about the revision of this date, we will move the Angolan youth to be on the streets on April 14. We will protest, to demonstrate that this dictatorship is enough at all levels," said the Secretary General of JURA, Agostinho Kamwango.

Angola celebrates National Youth Day on April 14, a date that "does not gather consensus", especially within the political forces of the opposition, for "praising only" the memory of a figure from the Popular Movement for the Liberation of Angola (MPLA).

For the youth leader of the National Union for the Total Independence of Angola (UNITA), there is an urgent need to approve the Youth Law and to review the date of celebration of Angolan youth.

According to the Secretary General of JURA, the need to approve the Youth Law and review the day of celebration of youth to a date of consensus was addressed in April 2019, in an audience that the President, João Lourenço, granted to youth leaders.

According to Agostinho Kamwango, guidelines were determined and the bodies responsible for triggering the process, "namely the National Youth Council and the Ministry of Youth and Sports refuse to put into practice the guidance of the President".

The Secretary General of JURA also urged the institutions to treat the matter "seriously", so that the law and the date of celebration by consensus are part of the diplomas to be approved in the 7th Superior Council of Youth, scheduled for June.