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.

Angolan Police Tear Gas Protesters – Photo Wall Street Journal

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.

Subscribe To Our Newsletter

Subscribe To Our Newsletter

Join our mailing list to receive the latest news and updates from our team. This month, a reverting one on one interview with the Chairman on African Affairs at IMF

You have Successfully Subscribed!