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Police contest popular justice in Luanda and promise campaigns to stop phenomenon

The police in Luanda this Wednesday repudiated the acts of justice in their own hands, which are registered in the capital, admitted they do not have statistics, but assures that steps are being taken to find the author of Tuesday's crime.


According to the spokesman for the Luanda Provincial Command of the National Police, Nestor Goubel, the corporation, which "repudiates acts that constitute justice in its own hands, has carried out awareness-raising actions to inhibit the practice" of this type of popular lynching.

The Luanda Provincial Command "has a program, a strategy within the scope of proximity policing at the level of municipal commands that aim to meet with the population in a way to discourage and make the populations aware that it is not the most correct procedure", he said.

Nestor Goubel, who was speaking this Wednesday at a press conference to present the results of the police operation of the last seven days, explained that "procedures are under way" to determine the author of the fire that killed, on Tuesday, an alleged robber, in the framework of a lynching.

"It is a reprehensible act that also constitutes a crime, we cannot accept that justice is done by our own hands and, at this time, steps are underway to determine who among the population was the author or presumed author who set fire or charred the miscreant", he stressed.

The victim was burned alive by people, this Tuesday, after an alleged robbery attempt, on a busy avenue in front of one of the main shopping centers in the city of Luanda, in Angola.

The fact, which is an act of popular justice, joins those that are reported, almost weekly on social networks.

Asked if the repeated appeal by the popular justice system is not symptomatic of insecurity among the population, Goubel preferred to relativize the issue, referring that "sometimes people feel insecure when hearing about a certain crime" and not because they have been victims of any case.

"We are talking about a feeling of resentful security, they feel insecure because they have heard it said, today social networks also have this effect, like the phenomenon of the charred youth, and this also produces a feeling of insecurity", he stressed.

At least 26 citizens, suspected perpetrators of various crimes, were detained in Luanda in the last seven days, during which time the police also seized 10 firearms and one toy weapon and recovered four vehicles and 13 television plates.

The police officer, who presented the results of the operation, informed that the action, which is the result of intensive work to clarify and raise the population's feeling of security, was carried out by the provincial department of Investigation and Criminal Illicits.

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