Police officers arrested 13 people on Saturday for threatening “order and public security” by planning to organise protests in Angola, Reuters has reported.
The arrests came after the President Eduardo dos Santos’ visit to China toallegedly negotiate a delay a payment date for country’s debts.
After the media reported that Angola would take more than 20 billion dollars in loan from China in return for country’s oil, tensions have risen in the Angolan capital city Luanda.
"Several steps in this city of Luanda...culminated in the arrest in flagrant criminal action of 13 nationals who were preparing to carry out acts to change the order and public security in the country," the government officials told reporters.
Hit by economic recession, especially because of the low crude [barrel oil] price, the Angolan government had to accept Chinese interests. The decision led to the increasing of the number of police officers in the streets in case of a potential demonstration against government’s policy.
After the long civil war in Angola which ended in 2002, China built strong relations with Angola.
The president’s visit to China was construed with Angola’s seeking of financial support for a hydropower scheme as well as other projects.
During Dos Santo’s 37-year reign, the southern African nation has never been so badly affected by crude prices, which plunged to a six-year low of $45 a barrel in January.