From Democracy Digest
Civil society activists in Angola are warning that economic stringency is likely to generate social unrest.
Rafael Marques de Morais, the head of the NGO Maka Angola, (Friends of Angola), denounced the brutality with which National Police attacked citizens (above) taking part in a peaceful demonstration on October 15, 2019, held to protest the high level of youth unemployment.
President Lourenço today honored Morais with the Order of Civil Merit, First Class, for his pioneering efforts to combat high-level corruption – much to the chagrin of several ministers, judging by their expressions. In July 2018, an Angolan court acquitted investigative journalist Rafael and editor Mariano Bras on accusations of insulting the state, a ruling that Human Rights Watch described as a ‘huge victory for press freedom.”
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