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Police disperse with tear gas riot at Nagrelha funeral

The police are using tear gas to disperse a riot near the Santa Ana cemetery, where the Kudurist musician Nagrelha will be buried.


Funeral ceremonies for the musician, who died on Friday, attracted a crowd of thousands of Angolans in what will be the biggest funeral ever in Luanda.

This morning there were still hundreds of people at the Estádio da Cidadela, where the tributes took place, and from where a procession left on foot, in candongueiros and with thousands of motorcyclists towards the Santa Ana cemetery.

The large concentration of people led the police to intervene, and shots were heard, since despite having mobilized 800 agents, the police had difficulty in controlling the large crowds.

The release of tear gas caused a stampede and fainting, with several people falling to the ground.

Throughout the procession, young people could be heard crying and shouting "son of Zedu", a reference to former President José Eduardo dos Santos. Many held several signs and there were those who shouted "'Nagrelha' President, João Lourenço head of State".

The police announced that they had mobilized 800 agents to ensure the wake, procession and funeral of the Kudurista.

Gelson Caio Manuel Mendes, better known as Nagrelha, the most famous singer of the kuduro musical style, died at the age of 36 in Luanda from lung cancer, according to the D. Alexandre do Nascimento Hospital Complex for Cardiovascular Diseases, where he was hospitalized.

The provincial deputy governor for the Political and Social sector, Manuel Gonçalves, on Sunday appealed to all citizens and to Kuduristas, in particular, to maintain serenity, in order to maintain public order and avoid disturbances.

For security reasons, the cemetery is closed and exclusively reserved for Nagrelha's funeral.


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