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NGO denounces repression of demonstrations and detention of activists

Three young Angolan activists were detained on Saturday in Lobito when they tried to hold a demonstration against rising prices that was stopped by the police, reported the Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) Omunga.

: Ampe Rogério/Lusa
Ampe Rogério/Lusa  

According to a statement from the organization, the activists were in the place known as "Campo do Morro da Radio", where the protest against the high prices of basic food items would begin, when they were surprised by the police, who dispersed the protesters.

Three of the activists – Olímpio Cipriano, Mateus Mbambi Kavalo and Gabriel Marques Neto – were detained and are awaiting trial, Omunga said.

The human rights association stressed that the organizers "complied with all legal procedures", having informed the authorities, although the Lobito administration refused to receive the letter reporting on the demonstration, claiming that the signatories were showing " false professions".

"The administration's behavior constitutes an authentic violation of human rights, which is why Omunga strongly condemns such an attitude, which in a certain way contrasts with the information according to which Angola is no longer an authoritarian state", highlighted Omunga.

The association called on the court to "correct" the "excessive zeal and barbarity perpetrated by the administration in collusion with the national police", and release the activists.

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