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Angola to Charge Anti-Government Protesters for Disorder

September 06, 2011

(Updates with Human Rights Watch comments in fourth paragraph.)

Sept. 6 (Bloomberg) -- A group of Angolan anti-government protesters face public-disorder charges today after demonstrations demanding an end to the 32-year rule of President Jose Eduardo dos Santos, police spokesman Carmo Neto said.

“People are free to protest,” Neto said by phone today from Luanda, the capital. “We don’t want them throwing stones.”

Twenty-four youths were arrested by police on Sept. 3 during a demonstration by about 300 people against Dos Santos’s rule, power and water shortages and corruption in sub-Saharan Africa’s second-biggest oil producer, Radio Ecclesia reported yesterday.

Angola should immediately end the use of “unnecessary and disproportionate” force against demonstrators, Human Rights Watch said in a statement on its website.

Police had refused to confirm the whereabouts of those people arrested during the demonstrations, the New York-based group said in a statement on its website, dated yesterday. Unidentified men also attacked journalists in an attempt to stop them reporting on the protest, it said.

--Editors: Gordon Bell, Andrew J. Barden

To contact the reporter on this story: Candido Mendes in Luanda at cmendes6@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Antony Sguazzin at asguazzin@bloomberg.net


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