Angola cops probe protest actions

2011-12-06 19:53

Luanda - Angolan police have opened an internal investigation into a weekend demonstration in the capital Luanda which protesters claim was brutally repressed, a spokesperson said on Monday.

The authorities have "opened an internal investigation to find out what happened", police spokesperson Carmo Neto told AFP.

Five people were seriously wounded on Saturday when police broke up a peaceful demonstration of around 100 young people in Cazenga, a poor suburb in the Angolan capital, a spokesperson for a protest group, Mario Domingos, said.

"We didn't start the chaos, it was the police. They behaved in a violent and brutal way, torturing and seriously wounding some of our companions who are still in intensive care in a health centre," said Domingos, of the Young Revolutionaries Movement.

"We are going to report the police to the Luanda court, particularly against the commander of the Cazenga police station, for torture, violence and the serious wounding of some demonstrators," he told AFP.

"I don't know anything about serious injuries inflicted on the demonstrators by the police," the police spokesperson said. "No demonstrator has been arrested."

Protests started in March against the regime of Jose Eduardo Dos Santos, Africa's second longest-standing leader at 32 years in power.

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