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Police released 33 FNLA youths arrested Saturday

The 33 young people from the National Liberation Front of Angola (FNLA), a national historic party, detained on Saturday, were released this Wednesday, a source with the political formation told Lusa.


According to Joveth Sousa, a member of the Central Committee of the FNLA, the people were released "and are in good health".

"They were released this morning and the last ones left left at 11:00 am", said Joveth Sousa, referring that the party militants were accused of being part "of the group of troublemakers, of disgruntled bikers, and that they promoted this row, which matches the truth."

"It's all falsified, forged information, it doesn't match the truth, which is why we're going to demand in the coming days that the police authorities pronounce themselves about this behavior that our young people and candidates for deputies have been targeted," he said.

Joveth Sousa guaranteed that the party leadership will ask the "police management or whoever is entitled" to be held accountable so that they clarify the situation.

"The reason why the youths were arbitrarily detained and the invention of this accusation that does not match the truth", he reaffirmed.

The member of the FNLA Central Committee stressed that the detainees were heard by prosecutors, who issued the release warrants.

"They were considered innocent, they had nothing to do with it, but the injustice was done. We now want clarification, accountability, because we look bad in the photograph, accused of rowdy, which is the origin of this abuse that took place, this is not part of of the FNLA or our behavior," he said.

On Saturday, the city of Luanda registered several moments of unrest, in which thousands of bikers, who circulated that morning through some areas of the capital, with electoral propaganda from the Popular Movement for the Liberation of Angola (MPLA), demanded the payment of 10,000 kwanzas that supposedly had been promised to them.

The MPLA chose Luanda province for the official opening of the electoral campaign, with the holding, on Saturday morning, of a mass act in Camama district, Talatona municipality.

In several videos circulated on social media, groups of bikers were seen burning MPLA electoral propaganda material, in the areas of Ilha de Luanda, on the street adjacent to the entrance to Cidade Alta, Cidadela Desportiva, and at least one burning vehicle, that afternoon, several gunshots were also heard.

Lusa has contacted the police for further clarification, but to no avail.


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