Demonstrators have gathered outside the Provincial Court of Luanda on Monday, October 26, demanding the release of protesters arrested during anti-government protests in the capital on Saturday, October 24. Reports indicate that the detainees began to arrive at the court at around 11:00 (local time), and include activists, politicians, and journalists. Over 100 people were arrested in the demonstrations on Saturday, during which police utilized tear gas to disperse the crowds. Protesters set up roadblocks in response to the police intervention. Those gathered were denouncing the high cost of living, among other issues.
Further protesters regarding the issue are possible in Luanda in the near term. A heightened security presence and associated disruptions are to be anticipated in the vicinity of protest sites.
Those in Luanda are advised to monitor developments, avoid all protests and demonstrations as a precaution, and adhere to all instructions issued by the local authorities.
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