Violent rioting in the Angolan capital, Luanda, has so far killed more than one hundred people -- including a least one Portuguese soldier -- sing it broke out last week.
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Background: Violent rioting in the Angolan capital, Luanda, has so far killed more than one hundred people -- including a least one Portuguese soldier -- sing it broke out last week.
The first few days were the worst. More than fifty people were reported killed and over 100 injured last Monday (11 November) -- two days after violence broke out in Luanda's suburban areas.
At the height of the violence, a spokesman for the National Union for the Total Independence of Angola (UNITA), Dr. Fernando Wilson held a news conference to appeal for calm. At the same time, he asserted that Angola was going to have its independence, come what may.
Dr Wilson said the three liberation movements were prepared to make independence work and that UNITA, in particular, was willing to co-operate with the other two - the National Front for he Liberation of angola (FLNA), and the Popular Movement for Liberation of Angola (MPLA).
SYNOPSIS: A spokesman for the National Union for the Total Independence of Angola, Doctor Fernando Wilson, held a news conference recently at Hotel Tropice in the Angolan capital, Luanda, to acceal for calm in the city. Violent rioting had again broke out and more than one hundred people were killed, including at least one Portuguese soldier. Many more were injured.
The first few days were the worst. Up to last Monday -- two days after rioting began -- more than fifty people were reported killed and about one hundred injured. At the news conference, Dr. Wilson said his organisation condemned the violence and disclaimed any responsibility. The other two guerrilla organisations -- the National Front for the Liberation of Angola and the Popular Movement for the Liberation of Angola -- have also issued similar statements.
The latest spate of violence followed three similar out breaks in the past four months during which about fifty people were either killed or wounded. Eye-witnesses said the latest incidents were not just acts of banditry either. Reports said the violence was the star of a serious confrontation between undisciplined members f the Liberation movements and their supporters -- all vying for supremacy.
It was also reported that modern automatic weapons were used by some rioters.
During last Monday's news conference, Dr Wilson also asked the world to be sympathetic and understands Angola's problems. He added that come what may, Angola was going to have its independence. He said three liberation movements were prepared to make independence work and that his organisation, in particular, was willing to co-operate with the other two movements. Portugal has recognised Angola's right to independence and has promised to negotiate with the main liberation movements. However, negotiations have not started because of difficulties in achieving a common approach among the three liberation organisations.