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Detained Angolan Boy goes on Hunger Strike

A boy in Angola, Manuel Chivonde Nito Alves, has gone on a hunger strike after accusing the government of violating his rights. Alves was arrested in September this year during an anti-government demonstration in the capital, Luanda. He had printed on his T-shirt words calling Angolan President, Jose Eduardo dos Santos, a dictator. He was charged with insulting the president. His lawyer said on Wednesday that the boy had been mistreated by prison officers, who have sometimes beaten him up because of his views against the government. Mr. Dos Santos has governed Angola since 1979. However, in the last two years there have been a number of demonstrations against his government and calls for him to step down. The opposition accuses his government of corruption and of violating human rights. Angola is one of the biggest producers of oil in the world, but most of its citizens live below the poverty line. It is also one of the countries in the world where the cost of living is very high.


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