Monday, October 26, 2015


Detainees Plead with Fellow Prisoner to End Hunger Strike

LUSA, October 26, 2015

After visiting the fourteen young Angolan activists under detention, the activist Rafael Marques says that they have asked Luaty Beirão to end his hunger strike because "they need him alive" to " continue with the struggle." 
Luaty Beirão, the 33 year old Angolan musician is on the thirty-sixth (36) day of a hunger strike. He is protesting against the detention in June of a group of activists who have since been accused of trying to overthrow the president.
"They are asking for Luaty to return to them alive and healthy; they look up to him as a respected moral leader," said the activist Rafael Marques to Lusa. Marques had visited the fourteen prisoners at the São Paulo prison in Luanda; he then took the message over to Luaty Beirão who has been admitted into a clinic in the Angolan capital.
Rafael Marques told Lusa that he took messages from the fourteen to Luaty Beirão "so that he, without any pressure, will listen to the voice of his companions and prison colleagues in the cause he has been fighting for, to know what they think ought to be the next steps."

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