AT LEAST twelve people were killed, many others injured and several activists arrested after a protest march in the diamond-rich Lunda-Norte province of Angola turned violent on Saturday.
According to local media reports, the protest did not have police approval.
Gunshots were heard immediately after the police and army arrived at the site where the protesters assembled.
According to a report by Angola24horas, the protest march was organised by tribal activists of the Lunda Chokwe Protectorate Movement, whose main complaint revolves around human rights and the widespread poverty in a rich province.
Similar protests in the past also end in violence.
In 2016, five activists were arrested and detained for a prolonged period.
One person was killed, twelve injured and 78 arrested during a similar protest in June 2017.