Angola: The police are not on the ground to distribute sweets: Security forces’ violence in Angola

Since the declaration of the state of emergency to deal with the spread of COVID-19 in March 2020, Angolan security forces in various provinces have resorted to unnecessary, excessive, abusive and even lethal force to deal with infringements of public health measures and peaceful demonstrations. Amnesty International and OMUNGA, an Angolan human rights organisation, documented several peaceful protests that were met with police violence. The organisations also reported several killings committed by the Angolan security forces, including officers of the Angolan National Police (Polícia Nacional de Angola – PNA) and of the Angolan Armed Forces (Forças Armadas Angolanas – FAA).

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