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Authorities provisionally release one of two Cabinda activists detained in 2021

The Independentist Movement of Cabinda (MIC) announced the provisional release, for health reasons, of one of the two political activists detained in the province of Cabinda, in October 2021.


According to a statement from the MIC, to which the Lusa agency had access, activist Alexandre Dunge was released on provisional release, "to undergo treatment, as he faces serious kidney and anal infections".

According to the note, the activist is hospitalized in a traditional medical center and receives support from the family and the MIC, which accuses the authorities of allegedly not providing any assistance to the patient.

"There was medical negligence during his arrest and he also says that the Civil Prison Establishment refused to give him medical assistance. It is important to note that Dunge contracted infections [...], leaving him quite weakened, because the conditions of the prison are inhospitable", reads the statement.

For the MIC, "the Angolan authorities released Alexandre Dunge for pathological reasons, strategies to get rid of the possible consequences".

The movement recalls that the political activist had been captured at his home on October 6, 2021 "without any formalities and justifications", adding that "no arrest warrant was shown to him nor were he presented the reasons for the deprivation of his freedom", which results "from serious irregularities, which makes it illegal".

The MIC also alleges that, "by not accepting to be subjected to interrogation without a lawyer of his choice, Alexandre Dunge was not subjected to preliminary interrogation nor was he formally and unofficially constituted a defendant".

The political organization says it will continue its "persistent struggle for the unconditional release" of another political prisoner, António Victor Tuma.

The two activists were arrested in October last year, and António Victor Tuma, assistant secretary for information at the MIC, was accused of crimes of criminal association, terrorist organization, rebellion, disruption of the functioning of sovereign bodies and disobedience.

At the time, in statements to the Lusa agency, the secretary for Information and Communication of the MIC, Sebastião Macaia, said that in the previous three months, together with his deputy, they had been carrying out political campaigns, through social networks, appealing to the natives of that province. Angola's oil company not to participate in the general elections scheduled for August this year, advocating a referendum to resolve the situation in Cabinda.

"One of the leaders is me and António Tuma is my deputy. They went looking for me, they didn't find me, so they went after my deputy. The campaign started three months ago, through Facebook, but this is the first time that arrests have taken place, we never received any notification, it was something surprising", said Sebastião Macaia.

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