Governments step in after Lisbon violence

in Regional · 24-01-2019 10:13:00 · 0 Comments
Governments step in after Lisbon violence

Angola’s embassy in Portugal has announced that it has been monitoring investigations to ascertain who was responsible for violent incidents in the Jamaica neighborhood in Seixal, and called on Angolan nationals to “refrain from negative actions”.

The president of Cape Verde has also called for more information from Portugal with regards to these acts.
The announcement came following unrest at the weekend that saw clashes between locals and police, and a demonstration in central Lisbon that ended with police firing rubber bullets into the air.
“The Embassy of the Republic of Angola in Portugal has learned of a fight between two ladies, one of them an Angolan citizen, after they left a party in the Jamaica neighbourhood,” the embassy said in a statement sent to Lusa News Agency. “Regrettably, in responding to the appeal made by one of the parties, police … found themselves involved in a situation of resistance, disrespect and aggression against the authorities that derived from the excessive use of force exercised against relatives of the citizen, who rushed to the place.”
The document adds that pictures purportedly of the incidents posted on social networks, exacerbated unrestrained tensions and attitudes of intolerance of various natures.
“On learning of these facts, the Consulate General of Angola in Lisbon immediately went to the location and provided consular support to the family members who are in contact with the Portuguese police and justice authorities, which were carrying out the necessary investigations to determine responsibilities,” it states.
In relation to the cases of public disorder that occurred later, the embassy criticised these acts, stating that it will denounce “any attempts to exploit or the intention to link this rioting [with the earlier incidents], which undermine public tranquility and order.”

It has also “appealed to Angolan citizens to take an attitude of serenity and civility, respecting the laws and public order of the host country, refraining from negative actions and from participating in acts that are no more than others taking advantage for [their own] ends.”
The president of Cape Verde, Jorge Carlos Fonseca, has meanwhile said, that he is seeking “concrete information” about incidents in Seixal, including citizens of Cape Verdean origin, and local police.
Fonseca used his personal page on Facebook to announce that he is following events in Jamaica, where a number of people of Cape Verdean origin live and where on Sunday there were violent incidents involving PSP officers and residents.
“I am following and seeking concrete information regarding what happened in the neighborhood of Jamaica, Seixal, Portugal,” reads the message on the president’s page.
The PSP police force on Wednesday stepped up patrols with members of the special police unit in Bela Vista, Setúbal district and in some areas of Loures and Odivelas, in Lisbon district, after the reprisals or copycat incidents seen overnight, including the throwing of Molotov cocktails at a police station and the setting alight of rubbish bins and several vehicles.
In a statement, the PSP said that investigations continue into all these incidents, with “nothing indicating, so far, that they are associated with demonstrations” of protest against the earlier police intervention in Seixal.
After a demonstration in front of the Ministry of Internal Administration in Lisbon on Monday, against police violence and racism, four people were detained when PSP officers were stoned in central Lisbon.
The incident that took place occurred a day after incidents in Vale de Chícharos, better known as Jamaica, between PSP officers and residents that left five civilians and one policeman slightly injured.
Public prosecutors and the PSP have started inquiries into the incidents in the Jamaica neighbourhood.
The four protesters detained in Lisbon are to be given a snap trial on 7 February.



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