As intermittent outbreaks of violence continue to occur in the Angolan capital of Luanda, the Popular Movement for the Liberation of Angola (MPLA) is taking its own measures to curb the disturbances.
TV PAN Mass crowds outside MPLA headquarters in Luanda
SV PAN FROM armed guard TO prisoners lined up on roof top
CU prisoners with hands bound with wire, standing on balcony facing large crowd below (2 shots)
CU ZOOM OUT FROM prisoner with damaged nose
CU ZOOM OUT FRM armed guard TO prisoners facing crowd
SV ZOOM OUT FROM armed guard TO prisoners lined up on rooftop and crowds around building
SV sign on building, "Liberation" banner
SV ZOOM OUT FROM MPLA leader Escorcio talking to crowd over loud-hailer (2 shots)
LV ZOOM TO Escorcio as crowds cheer and chant for the death of the prisoners
SV PAN AND GV crowds chanting to prisoners on balcony
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Background: As intermittent outbreaks of violence continue to occur in the Angolan capital of Luanda, the Popular Movement for the Liberation of Angola (MPLA) is taking its own measures to curb the disturbances.
On Wednesday (20 November), the MPLA displayed a number of captives they alleged to have been the perpetrators of recent crimes. The prisoners - whose hands were bound - had masqueraded as MPLA militants, according to one of the movement's leaders, Mr. Herminio Escorcio.
He told an excited and enraged crowd in the Luanda slum suburb of Rangel that the men had been caught committing murder and theft. The crowd demanded the death of the captives, but Mr. Escorcio announced that the prisoners would be turned over to the Portuguese authorities for punishment.
The MPLA has bene widely accused by sections of Luanda's white population, and by two other liberation organisations, of instigating or, at least, condoning the violence of recent months. Over three hundred people are estimated to have died in the capital since the change of the Portuguese regime set the colony on the road to independence.
Conflict between the MPLA and the National Front for the Liberation of Angola (FNLA) has increased in recent weeks. The Portuguese military authorities are now policing the slum suburbs in an effort to reduce the violence.