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The Police of the Republic of Mozambique (PRM) this Thursday (04-08) denied rumours circulating on social media that they had authorised a general demonstration for 8 August [Monday].
Spokesman for PRM General Command Orlando Mudumane told journalists that information according to which the authorities had authorised the holding of protests was nothing more than the invention of people of bad faith and dubious objectives.
“We reject all information allegedly issued by the General Command of the Police, stating that the institution authorised the holding of a demonstration on a national scale. It is false information issued by individuals in bad faith with the criminal intention of destabilising the country,” Mudumane said.
A 52-year-old individual had subsequently been arrested in the city of Matola, accused of authoring and disseminating false information via digital platforms, Mudumane added.
Four cell phones and diverse IT equipment, which, according to the police, may have been used for “criminal” actions, were also found and seized.
Messages have been circulating on social media recently calling for demonstrations supposedly in protest at the high cost of living and the lack of policies on the part of the Government to alleviate the suffering of Mozambicans.
Confronted with these anonymous messages, the Police of the Republic of Mozambique have reiterated that they are ready to counter any act that provokes violence, vandalism or public disorder.
In this regard, the PRM warned people nationwide to be vigilant, with particular emphasis on urban and commercial centres and the country’s main roads.