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Activists detained since Saturday for insults against the President of the Republic

Angolan lawyer Zola Bambi confirmed this Monday the arrest of seven activists, following an attempted demonstration, on Saturday, in Luanda, accused of the crimes of insulting and outraging the President of the Republic.

: Lusa

According to Zola Bambi, the protesters have been detained since Saturday at the Criminal Investigation Service (SIC) and have already been interviewed, but it was not possible for the process to proceed to the judge of guarantee to determine the issue of the prison situation.

"They are being accused of the crime of insulting the President of the Republic, and they continue to be detained because it already exceeds the competence of the SIC, because they have already been there since Saturday, and as a rule it has to be a guarantee judge who decides, what will be done tomorrow in the morning", said Zola Bambi, speaking to the Lusa agency.

Zola Bambi highlighted that among the activists detained on Saturday, the day on which a protest was called against the restrictions on the movement of motorcycle taxi drivers in the capital, was Geraldo Dala, who was allowed to leave to buy water, but did not return.

The lawyer said that he spoke to his constituents, still in their cells, and that one of the activists, Adolfo Campos, said that he allegedly suffered attacks, "because they tried to force him to declare things that were in the interest of the people who were in the room to where he was taken."

"He was threatened with a pistol and was forced to sign statements, but he simply refused to sign. That was one of the issues he raised at the beginning," he said.

Speaking to Lusa, activist Geraldo Dala said that he is at home, stressing that his colleagues have "not eaten absolutely anything" since Saturday.

Geraldo Dala stated that Tanaice Neutro, Jonas Pensador, Adolfo Campos, Gildo das Ruas and two other people whose names were not known were detained.

"At that point they created an argument, that they are looking for the activists who offended the President [of the Republic]. Yes, the way they put us there in that car and we were tortured, we had to vent what we were feeling", highlighted.

"Inside the vehicle, after they tortured us, we made a video talking about almost everything that happened to us. So they know what they're going to do. I'm at home right now, if they come looking for me, let them come. I only leave the house when our lawyer says I have to leave", added Geraldo Dala.

The demonstration was organized in protest against the decision to restrict the circulation of motorcycle taxi drivers on the main roads in Luanda, but it was not attended by the main organizations representing the class.

The Luanda authorities justify the measure due to the high number of accidents and deaths involving motorcycle taxis, but they suspended the ban for three months, while awareness-raising meetings are held with representatives of the class.


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