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UNITA compares death of citizens in Angola by police with that of George Floyd in the USA

The National Union for the Total Independence of Angola (UNITA) compared this Monday the deaths caused in Angola by the excessive use of police force to the murder of the African-American George Floyd, asphyxiated by a United States police officer.

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In a statement, UNITA expressed its revulsion at similar behaviour in Angola during this phase of the covid-19 pandemic, "where the forces of law and order have used excessive force, also causing fatalities".

The police announced on Monday the death of a woman in Huila province, by shots fired by a police officer, while trying to disperse a group of traders in an irregular market, a case similar to others registered in the provinces of Luanda, Benguela and Lunda Norte.

UNITA considered that the "horrendous death of George Floyd should deserve a unanimous condemnation from all Africans", emphasizing that "relative technological backwardness cannot silence and make Angolans subservient to allies anywhere in the world, in the face of episodes such as the one that killed George Floyd on 25 May, Africa Day".

"UNITA has been following this situation with concern and, as it has already made known during the demonstrations of racism that took place last April in the People's Republic of China, repudiates and vehemently condemns the act that killed George Floyd, a citizen who did nothing to deserve such a cruel fate in the 21st century, in what is considered to be one of the largest democracies in the world", reads the note.

UNITA said it hopes that the American authorities, in particular, and the United Nations, in general, "will take a position that safeguards the physical integrity, freedoms and guarantees of all citizens, without regard to their skin tone, origin, creed or religion, that acts of gender will be discouraged and that the perpetrators will be held civilly and criminally accountable".


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