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Arrested protestors released on warning

Arrested protestors released on warning

Staff Reporter

MICHAEL Amushelelo, economic commissar of the Namibia Economic Freedom Fighters (NEFF), is not among the eight people released on warning after their arrests today at the China Town protest.

According to Nampol Chief Inspector Elifas Kuwinga, Amushelelo was arrested Thursday under the Riotous Assemblies Act and for contravention of section 17 thereof.

The charges include incitement of public violence, four counts of assault through threatening, and six counts of trespassing when he on 12 May at about or between 15h00 and 16h32 entered China Town and forced shops to be closed, instructing a group of people to take items from shops without paying.


NEFF second in command commissar Iipumbu Kalimbo stated that after a meeting held Friday at the national police headquarters, protestors arrested at China Town today at an illegal demonstration will be released on warnings.

Speaking to Informanté from the Katutura Magistrate’s Court, Kalimbo stated that the meeting discussed the police action on arrests and detention of protestors “who were picketing at China Town against subjecting Namibian people to exploitation and burning of counterfeit business goods, while foreign nationals, Chinese in particular, are allowed to sell the same counterfeit products with no action taken”.

“We hereby inform the public that the meeting resolved to release all detained protestors with immediate effect as they have not committed any crime,” Kalimbo said.

He said in total eight protestors were arrested including NEFF president Epafras Mukwiilongo, activist Dumbulukeni Nauyoma, and the wife of Michael Amushelelo.

He added that those released on warning do not include Michael Amushelelo who was arrested Thursday.

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