Angola arrests 13 dissident youths, including rapper

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Angolan police officers arrest young people on September 19, 2013 at the Square of Independence in the center of Luanda, while they were calling for a demonstration against social injustices

Angolan police have arrested at least 13 young opposition activists, including rapper Luaty Beirao, who have campaigned against President Jose Eduardo dos Santos, the interior ministry said Sunday. Activist groups, among them the Angolan Revolutionary Movement, claimed on social media platforms that as many as 20 people had been arrested when police raided a youth meeting in the heart of the capital Luanda on Saturday. The interior ministry said its criminal investigation unit had arrested “13 Angolan citizens who were caught red-handed as they prepared to carry out acts aimed at disrupting public order and security in the country”.

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