Angolans outraged after the death of a doctor in a police station

A 35-year-old pediatrician arrested because he was not wearing a mask in his car died in a police station. Many citizens are crying out for a new blunder, the one too many, in a country where the Covid-19 pandemic has exacerbated police violence.

This week’s editorial New Journal, the benchmark weekly in Angola, serves as a manifesto. A manifest “for life”, indicates his title, after a citizen lost his in troubled circumstances within a police station. The latest victim, according to many indignant citizens, of police violence, which has already made 16 others since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, according to an Amnesty International report. “These recent events linked to the actions of the police, notes the newspaper, leave our society in shock. ”

On September 1, Sílvio Dala, a 35-year-old pediatrician, director of a hospital specializing in maternal and child care, was arrested in Luanda, the Angolan capital, for not wearing a mask while driving his car. , in which he is alone. A violation of a health rule then in force (which will be lifted a week later), punishable by a fine of 5,000 kwanzas (6.70 euros). The police take him to the police station, where he will not come out alive.

Demonstration in Luanda and filing of a complaint against the police

His death, one more, has since aroused great emotion in Angola, as within the editorial staff of the New Newspaper, which leaves its reserve

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Vincent Barros

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