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Angola Taxi Drivers’ Strike Sparks Protests Against Ruling Party

  • Police arrest 17 people after MPLA building vandalized
  • Angola is scheduled to hold a general election this year
Joao Lourenco
Joao LourencoPhotographer: Alexader Nemenov/AFP/Getty Images

Angolan taxi drivers blocked major intersections in Luanda on Monday to initially protest against Covid-19 restrictions, but the unrest quickly spread to include political grievances. 

Video footage of the demonstrations showed hundreds of people walking along a main street in the capital city alongside a burning vehicle. Luanda police spokesman Nestor Goubel said 17 people were detained because of damage to property, including a ruling party building.