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Government acknowledges excesses in police action after four deaths

The Minister of the Interior admitted this Friday some overzealousness in the actions of the personnel, asking them not to use firearms against defenseless citizens and "not to offer any danger against the defence and security forces".


Eugénio Laborinho, who was speaking at the inauguration ceremony of new officials at the Ministry of the Interior and the Criminal Investigation Service, referred to the latest deaths registered in Luanda and Benguela, a total of four people.

According to the minister, the incidents that occurred in the areas of Rocha Pinto, Cazenga and Prenda, in the province of Luanda, and in a fish market, in Benguela, "cannot stain the good work that has been done by most".

The ruler addressed condolences to the bereaved families, informing that "the perpetrators of such practices are being held responsible, disciplined and criminally".

The holder of the Inland portfolio stressed that the agents never received any guidance "that would converge to kill or physically violate any citizen".

"Because the people have never been and never will be enemies or adversaries of the defence and security forces; on the contrary, we exist to serve society," he said.

In his guidelines to the personnel, Eugénio Laborinho stressed that firearms can only be used in extreme cases, when the physical integrity or life of the personnel and citizens is at stake, "that is, in situations of self-defense, and in these cases it should be done in a manner proportional and appropriate to the degree of threat.

The most recent death occurred this week in the Prison area, and the victim, a 23-year-old, was shot by a policeman during a patrol action to check compliance with preventive measures against covid-19.

In the same action, a 16-year-old teenager was injured when a gun was fired.

People in the area protested, setting up barricades on the roads, with burning tires, and the police had to reinforce their presence on the scene to calm their fears.


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