Death threats and extrajudicial prisons continue against Activists in Cabinda.

Death threats and extrajudicial prisons continue against Activists in Cabinda.

Cabinda: Activists continue threats and harassment

Member of the Association for the Development of the Culture of Human Rights in Cabinda, reports on constant threats from the Angolan regime and points the finger at the Government of João Lourenço.

Last December, 28 activists belonging to the Association for the Development of Human Rights Culture (ADCDH) in Cabinda were detained as they prepared to participate in a peaceful demonstration against human rights violations in the enclave. At the time, in the conversation with DW Africa, the activist Aarão Bula Tempo denounced police violence against the demonstrators. And in a statement released by the association, the national police were accused of torturing two of several detained activists – and released hours later.

More than a month after the incident, the situation is far from being resolved. Heard by DW Africa, Silvio Sumbo, realize that many of those belonging to this association activists have been being watched and threatened constantly. Two of them, he says, were even “forced to flee to neighboring countries”.

“Me and my wife have been under constant threat. They forced my company to lay off me, and right now I’m unemployed. People phone us and say they are following all of our steps and we’ll regret. they say that we are armed revolutionaries and activists and that we feel in the skin which is to oppose against them. we fear for our lives, “says cabinda activist.

No expectations for JLo

For Silvio Sumbo, the arrival of João Lourenço to the power does not bring any hope to Cabinda. Quite the contrary. According to him, the Government of the new President is even more “dangerous” than that of José Eduardo dos Santos. “The difference between the current regime and the outgoing regime is that the regime of the former President of Santos did evil in sight he does in silence, as if nothing had happened. It is a highly dictatorial regime, “he accuses.

The same activist note that if you wanted to show a different governance, João Lourenço, “that compactuou long with poor governance MPLA – Popular Movement for the Liberation of Angola -” I could have done at the time of repression, whether this demonstration in December whether the recent protest organized by students in Luanda which was also repressed. “I’m pretty sure he realized the strong repression that were at the demonstration

in Cabinda,” said the activist, adding that the new government had intended to “choose for a new paradigm of governance “he should have acted, and he did not, and he sent more troops to intimidate the population,” he said.

The same is true of exonerations. If “there is a will to change”, affirms the activist, then João Lourenço should “blame” the exonerated because they are people who “committed acts of corruption outside the normal” and who continue “to enjoy the money.”

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Cabinda: Activists continue threats and harassment

Silvio Sumbo also points the finger at the head of state regarding the Manuel Vicente case: “To call into question the interest of a country to the detriment of a person who, during his time as a member of the public administration, committed serious errors in So you can see that he [João Lourenço] is not serious and that he will follow the same thought of governance as his predecessor, “he says.

“Do we have to keep quiet?”

Noting that Cabinda “is never in the MPLA regime’s plans for major improvements,” the activist concludes, adding that the solution for this Angolan province is also not to be silent. “90% of the population is unemployed; hope and we have to keep quiet? Can not. It is they who insinuate us in the head that Cabinda is not Angola because I believe that if Cabinda were Angola, with the resources that it boasts, at least it would be a great reference in Angola, but it is not because they are not interested in building anything in Angola. Cabinda “.

The objectives of the Association for the Development of Human Rights Culture are to draw attention to various realities in Cabinda. Among the most worrying are the “excessive presence of soldiers on the streets of Cabinda who” intimidate the population, “constant murders of people who oppose the Angolan regime the high unemployment and degradation” of the province. The ADCDH has also been fighting for the regime to recognize the association.

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