“No to police brutality” is the motto of the protest organized by a group of young people, including the journalist Israel Campos, according to which the objective is to “express outrage” at the police action that has been taking place and results in the death of citizens.
“Not only is the case of doctor Silvio Dala, but the young people of the Musseques have also been victims and a response from society is needed because the role of the police is to protect citizens,” he said.
Asked about the reason for making a protest on the same day of the doctors’ march, which culminates Saturday a seven-day period of mourning for the death of Silvio Dala, a 35-year-old pediatrician allegedly killed in a police station, Israel Campos said that the doctors’ union is paying homage to one of its members and the young people want to make a “more comprehensive act” to honor “all those who are daily victims of police violence.
The parade will leave at 1pm on August 1st and continue to Largo das Heroínas.
On Saturday is also announced a “peaceful and silent demonstration” called by the National Union of Doctors of Angola (SINMEA), which invited all health professionals and members of other unions and civil society to join against police violence and in memory of Silvio Dala, with concentration scheduled for 12:30pm in Largo da Mutamba.
The organization appealed to the participants to wear black and the provincial secretary of SINMEA, Miguel Sebastião, told Lusa that the print shop where t-shirts with the words “I am Dr. Dala” are being printed can no longer respond to so many requests, showing confidence in a great mobilization” for the act.
“Nobody wants to die for not wearing a mask”, pointed out the trade unionist, explaining that the aim of the march is to draw the attention of the Government and the National Police to the excesses that are being committed in the interpellation of people who don’t wear masks and prevent there from being a next victim, “so that there won’t be another Silvio Dala”.
The pediatrician doctor died in circumstances still to be clarified, on September 1, after being taken to a police station for not wearing a face mask inside the car he was driving, a legal provision however revoked.
“At this moment, for example, we have been admitting a young man who is in a coma for the same reasons to the Américo Boavida hospital for ten days in intensive care,” said the head of SINMEA.
Miguel Sebastião accused the police of using the legal arguments to bill, imposing fines on those who don’t wear masks and taking and mistreating citizens at the police station who have no money to pay.
“Prevention is not killing,” he said, pointing out that the intention is a peaceful demonstration in which the indignation and repudiation for the death of the doctor will be expressed through posters.
SINMEA and the doctor’s family are collecting evidence to file a lawsuit against PN and this is also one of the objectives of the protest.
“We demand justice and this is what we also seek, so that those who committed these excesses are held accountable,” said Miguel Sebastião.
The doctor, he added, left a wife and four children, who are entitled to receive compensation.
The march will leave the Largo da Mutamba and travel downtown Luanda to the Order of Doctors, next to the David Bernardino Pediatric Hospital, at a distance of approximately 1.5 kilometers. (VERANGOLA)
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