Angola Authorities Move to Keep Downtown Luanda Free of Protests

Sept. 16 (Bloomberg) — Angola banned public protests in the capital’s Independence Square and said they may only take place on the outskirts of Luanda, Radio Nacional de Angola reported, citing a provincial government statement.

Police in sub-Saharan Africa’s second-biggest oil producer arrested 41 protesters this month during demonstrations against President Jose Eduardo dos Santos’s 32-year rule, corruption and water shortages. A Luanda court sentenced 18 of the detainees to from 45 days to three months in jail after they were found guilty of injuring police officers and defying the authorities.

The statement listed several places around Luanda where protests may be held legally, the state-run radio said today. “Protests outside those places will be disobedience,” it said.

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