A young man died and 33 people were injured during the funeral of the Angolan musician “Nagrelha”, including 16 policemen, two of whom were seriously stabbed, according to a report by the Luanda police.
Speaking to Lusa, the spokesman for the Luanda provincial command of the National Police, superintendent Nestor Goubel, said that he was a 13 or 14-year-old teenager, who died of suffocation during the turmoil that took place in the vicinity of the cemetery, having died at way to the hospital.
The funeral of musician Gelson Caio Mendes, better known as “Nagrelha”, mobilized thousands of people who flocked this morning to the Santa Ana cemetery.
“Faced with the attempt to invade the cemetery, the police forces were forced to disperse the disorderly crowd”, says the police, in a statement to which Lusa had access.
During the operation to restore public order, there was the death of an unidentified minor, and the injury of 16 police officers, of whom two were seriously injured (stabbed), and 17 citizens.
There was also material damage, namely to four police vehicles and five vandalized buses, a charred motorbike and a mobile police station, as well as the theft of gas cylinders and crates of beer in an undetermined quantity.
“Eighteen citizens suspected of indecent practices were arrested”, add the authorities.
The communiqué states that “a considerable human frame” was expected in view of the legion of fans of the kudurista, as well as the news published on social networks that reported incitement to practices of social disorder, theft and riots, for which a set of measures was defined. measures “with a view to nullifying all threats”.
“However, at 09:00 there was a large number of people on Avenida Deolinda Rodrigues, during the funeral procession that intended to access the Santana cemetery, which led to police intervention that dispersed the crowd using tear gas.
In the stampede that followed, several people were injured or fainted, as witnessed by Lusa at the scene.