Angolan police kill opposition member

2013-11-24 12:24


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Luanda - Angolan security forces shot and killed an opposition activist on Saturday, hours ahead of protests across the country where police detained 292 people.

The killing comes after a tense week during which President Jose Eduardo dos Santos' MPLA party accused the main opposition party UNITA of promoting "chaos" with its protests against the kidnap and possible murder of two activists in May 2012.

Police said presidential guards shot Manuel Ganga, one of eight members of Angola's second-biggest opposition party CASA-CE detained in the early hours of Saturday for putting up protest posters, after he tried to flee.

"During the transfer of the group to a police station, one of them (Ganga) jumped off the vehicle and an officer made the shot that hit him," spokesperson Aristofanes dos Santos told a news conference.

"He was taken to the hospital but despite treatment he ended up dying," he said, adding that police lamented the "unhappy incident" but that the opposition parties should not have gone ahead with the protests that the Interior Ministry had banned.

CASA-CE said Ganga had been taken aside and shot in the back by the guards.

Opposition parties and international human rights groups have long accused President Dos Santos of suppressing human rights and using violence to block dissent in his 34-year rule over Africa's No 2 oil producer.

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