Clashes between gangs of white and black extremists in the centre of Luanda, Angola, on Wednesday (7 August) had spread to the suburbs by the following night.
Clashes between gangs of white and black extremists in the centre of Luanda, Angola, on Wednesday (7 August) had spread to the suburbs by the following night. The death toll is still unknown. Estimates range between five and 20. The clashes were between factions of the Popular Movement for the Liberation of Angola (MPLA) and the National Front for the Liberation of Angola (FNLA). The chaos worsened when whites in the city joined in.
A military communique said blacks and whites had been killed. Eyewitnesses said blacks armed with machetes attacked a train and several hundred whites gathered in some areas, firing guns and exploding grenades.
Few whites now remain in the Luanda suburbs. Three hundred and forty seven displaced whites were taken by special 'plane to Lisbon on Thursday to escape the violence. The blacks too are on the move. Daily they jam railway and bus terminals carrying belongings on their heads and according to some estimates more than 45-thousand have abandoned their homes in the suburbs for the safety of the hinterlands.
There is widespread damage throughout Luanda. Homes have been destroyed and looting is reported. Troops constantly patrol the trouble areas and at night a curfew is imposed. But neither measure seems to have had much effect.
SYNOPSIS: Luanda, the once sleepy capital of Angola has been wracked by violence since the announcement that the Portuguese Government would grant independence to its African colonies. The city is under curfew and army patrols are seen regularly.
But despite the security measures there has been widespread violence in the city. It started a week ago, but was mainly confined to the central areas. Several people were reported killed as members of the two major liberation groups ... the Popular Movement for the Liberation of Angola, or the M.P.L.A. ... and the National Front for the Liberation of Angola, the F.N.L.A., clashed.
In the past few days the fighting has spread to the suburbs and there has been widespread damage. White extremists in Luanda have joined in with guns and grenades.
Few whites remain in the suburbs. They have joined the exodus of their black neighbours. A special aircraft carried 347 displaced whites to Lisbon on Thursday. Blacks jam railway and bus terminals carrying belongings. It's been estimated that more than 45-thousand blacks have left the city for the safety of the hinterlands.
Estimates of the dead vary between five and twenty. Most have been taken to the Sao Paulo Hospital. The injuries vary between cuts from machetes to bullet wounds. It's been estimated that nearly two hundred people have been wounded.