Police injured and detained an unknown number of people on Saturday, throughout Mozambique, according to organisers of demonstrations to pay tribute to the late rapper Edson da Luz, also known by his stage name as Azagaia, who died on 9 March from an epileptic seizure.
Speaking from Maputo’s Central Hospital, one of the organisers and social activist, Quitéria Guirengana, confirmed to Mozambique Insights that scores of youths have either been injured or detained. However, Guirengane was non-committal with regards the number of people either injured or detained.
“We’re continuing to receive information from other parts of the country, and we’re still analysing the data we’ve received,” she said.
Guirengane added that the organisers are being legally assisted by lawyers provided by Mozambique’s Bar Association. This has helped the organisers secure the release of some of the detainees.
Meanwhile, so far Mozambique Insights confirmed that three members of opposition parties were briefly detained and released by police, namely Renamo’s member of parliament Venâncio Mondlane, and Mozambique’s Democratic Movement (MDM)’s Augusto Pelembe and Ricardo Langue. The latter was arrested in the Beira capital city, in Sofala Province.
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