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Youth demonstrate on Thursday to "demand political alternation" to "save Angola

Young activists in Luanda march on Thursday through the streets of the capital to "protest and demand political alternation" in the country, considering that the 45 years of MPLA's governance, in power since 1975, "is a lot", was announced this Wednesday.


The purposes and motivations of this march, which should culminate 100 meters from the presidential palace, were presented this Wednesday at a press conference in Luanda by a group of young activists from the so-called Contestatory Civil Society.

"45 Years is a lot, MPLA out" is the motto of this demonstration scheduled for February 4, national holiday in the country, in celebration of the 60th anniversary of the Day of the Beginning of the National Liberation Struggle.

"We understand that 45 years of governance is a long time and, throughout that time, the MPLA has done almost nothing, on the contrary, it has worsened, with several social asymmetries, it has offered the people serial killings, unemployment, poor health and education, corruption and other evils", said the activist and one of the organizers of the march, Geraldo Dala.

According to this activist, the Popular Movement for the Liberation of Angola (MPLA) "has nothing left to give to the country", considering this to be "a failed political project in Angola whose purpose of its leaders is only the maintenance in power".

Geraldo Dala said that this is the second demonstration that the movement organizes aiming at "awakening the Angolans" and, on the other hand, "showing that the people want political alternation", mentioning that it should also take place in other provinces.

Activists should gather at 10am on Thursday, at the Santa Ana cemetery square, and march to the presidential palace in Cidade Alta, Luanda.

According to the activist, the government of Luanda province has already been informed about this march and the organization has already expressed a meeting two weeks ago with the police authorities.

"And at least so far there are no impediments," he stressed, arguing that it is necessary to save the country from the hands of people whose only goal is to remain in power and with no interest in the welfare of the population," he said.

On the sidelines of the press conference, the activist Lili da Conceição guaranteed, in statements to Lusa, to be ready for the demonstration, stating that "Angola is a democratic country and the citizens/activists only want the best for the country.

"We are young graduates and unemployed, the increase in the price level is also worrying, the country is going from bad to worse and nobody does anything", she said.

The central act of the country's national holiday, February 4, will take place in Bengo province under the slogan: "Preserving and Honoring the Memory of the Heroes of the Angolan Homeland.


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