Angolan police block anti-govt protests

angola mapAngolan police briefly detained dozens of protesters in the capital, Luanda, after they tried to march in support of a group of activists jailed for planning a rebellion, witnesses said late on Saturday.

The witnesses said armed police rounded up the protesters as they gathered at Independence Garden for the abortive march in support of 17 activists sentenced last month for plotting against President Jose Eduardo dos Santos’s government.

Police kicked three people gathering for Saturday’s demonstration, leaving one bleeding and unconscious, before a police vehicle took them away, a Reuters witness said.

“They assaulted us for no reason at all while in custody,” Adolfo Campos, an activist who said he was briefly detained along with 24 other protesters, told Reuters.

Police were not immediately available to comment.

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