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Angola: Minister tells people to hand in guns to police

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Luanda, 02/28 - Angolan interior minister Oswaldo Serra Van-Dunem Friday called on the population to volunteer with surrendering the guns in their possession to police authorities. "Guns in the possession of the population which served for self-defense during war must be handed in at police stations so as to avoid all possible evils which may emerge from holding them," the minister said as he addressed the celebrations of the 27th anniversary of the police.
He said it is imperative that the Government structures and the civil society perceive the junctural and structural factors of violence and of a high rate of criminality in the country.

In the view of the minister, criminality in Angola is a direct consequence of the war translated into a disorderly movement of people and their massing around the places with better living and security.

This has given way to an incalculable number of firearms in the possession of the citizens as well as the stay of illegal foreigners in the country for illicit activities. (Source: ANGOP)