On Monday there was an ambiguous incident with the police in São Paulo. Due to inappropriate police actions, the goods of some vendors have suffered.
The Ministry of the Interior today condemned police abuses committed against street vendors in the São Paulo market in Luanda. The government also acknowledged that it was not proper behavior of law enforcement officers. According to the authorities, they have received information about these agents and they will be sanctioned.
As it turned out, the aggressive actions of the police related to the “Operation Redemption” program which designed to fight illegal trade. These actions of the police were followed by numerous rallies and protests of sellers. Protesters arranging a protest tried to get to the city center and the presidential palace.
The Angolan Interior Minister made a statement in which he said that it was impossible to see only negative in police actions. According to him, the police have exceeded their authority, but this is an isolated case. Directly the fight against street trading in the opinion of the authorities is necessary and brings positive results.
Ângelo Veiga Tavares urged the media to partnership and assist the government in implementing this program.
The Interior Minister highlighted that the “Operation Redemption” is not confined to the problem of the disorder of the itinerant commerce. It is mostly designed to restore state authority throughout the country. “Operation Redemption ” was successfully implemented about a year ago, with a few exceptions.
In that sense, Ângelo Veiga Tavares emphasized that the Ministry of the Interior is also working for a “greater fight against violent crimes”, as well as the replacement of state authority with some areas.