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Clashes erupted 11 November between the security forces and protesters in Luanda on the fringes of a mobilization, banned by the Angolan authorities, to denounce the deterioration of socio-economic conditions, unemployment and corruption and to also request the organization of municipal elections in 2021 (see our previous alerts).

According to media sources, a significant security reinforcement was carried out in the streets of the capital. The police used batons and tear gas to disperse the demonstrators gathered in the Largo da Independência square.

Several people, including 2 journalists, were arrested. Many injuries were also reported.

According to the same information, rallies scheduled on the same day in the towns of Benguela and Lobito were prevented by a heavy police presence.

Ongoing protests are to be anticipated in the next few days. It is advised to stay away from all gathering, as there is a risk of violence.

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