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Students denounce arrests in Luanda in attempt to demonstrate

The Angolan Students Movement (MEA) denounced this Monday the arrest of some students of the Faculty of Social Sciences of the Agostinho Neto University, who were trying to demonstrate against the "abusive" rise in the price of emoluments.

: Lusa

In a note of repudiation, the MEA points out that the students intended to hold the protest on the perimeter of the institution to complain about the increase in fees for appeals, exams, and the issuance of statements and cards, among other services.

"It is shameful and humiliating to reach this level. The dictatorship usurped a space of liberation of conscience, a space of scientific production, as if it were an army or command of the National Police," the note states.

The MEA stresses that the "war arsenal displayed in the faculty Agostinho Neto demonstrates how muscular is the Angolan government, [that] has more muscles (physical) than brain.

The students urge the Faculty of Social Sciences to be guided by compliance with the Constitution of the Republic of Angola and the law, stressing that the right to demonstrate is a constitutional right.

"The MEA urges the Ministry of Higher Education to stop robbing the peaceful students who have nothing to do with the squandering of the public coffers, students should not pay for the crisis of theft and incompetence," reads the document.

The movement warns that if the situation "of persecution, imprisonment, torture, prevails", it will be promoted "an abrupt strike across the country, in order to restore the rights of students.

"Angola will register, for the first time, the students' strike," promises the MEA, demanding the National Police to release "immediately" the students, who "only demanded the reinstatement of their rights and arrest those who create social chaos to the people."

"To conclude, the MEA unconditionally solidarizes with all students of Angola and, in particular, those of the Faculty of Social Sciences and encourages them to continue to exercise their rights in full conscience," the note stresses.

Lusa contacted the police to confirm the arrests, but clarifications on the matter were referred to later.

Information released on social networks point to the detention of at least nine students.

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