LUANDA, 12 November 2020 – Police in the Angolan capital, Luanda, fired tear gas Thursday to disperse what the authorities called illegal protests.
Mostly young men and women took part in the protests called to decry high unemployment, sharp rises in the costs of living and the recent postponement of elections.
Luanda cited concerns over organization election campaigns and holding the ballot in the midst of a surge in coronavirus infections.
Dozens of protesters were arrested last week during a similar demonstration.
Protesters defied a government ban on public demonstrations which the governor of Luanda justified as needed to slow the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.