Fri, 04 Dec 2020

Angolan anti-riot police, some mounted on horseback, fired tear gas and beat up protesters as dozens took to the streets of the capital Luanda in anti-government demonstrations on Saturday.

Protesters set up barricades along the roads using skips, boulders and burning tyres, while others set a national flag ablaze, an AFP photographer saw.

The demonstrators also set fire to a police station in a neighbourhood on the outskirts of the oceanside capital Luanda, a police source said.

The source who asked not to be identified told AFP that the demonstration - demanding the holding of local government elections - "resulted in barricades and acts of vandalism".

Municipal elections which had been scheduled for this year, have been postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

"Those were acts of rioting, in a flagrant violation of [new pandemic restrictions], which do not allow street gatherings of more than five people," he said.

"People must also listen to the voice of those who govern."

Source: News24

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