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One dead at protests in Cabo Verde

A 15-year-old boy died after allegedly inhaling tear gas, during police intervention in a protest staged in Curundú
  • La Prensa

A 15-year-old boy died after allegedly inhaling tear gas, during police intervention in a protest staged in Curundú. Residents of Cabo Verde community blocked the four lanes of the National Avenue to demonstrate against the installation of prepaid meters, by the local electricity regulatory company, Gas Natural Fenosa.

The victim's mother said that her son had heart complications. The father moved him to Santo Tomás Hospital; however, he died. Neighbors reported that the police deployed tear gases to disperse the demonstrators.

The meters are aimed for the low-income population and seek to reduce arrears. According to the company, up to 90% of residents do not pay electricity service. With this system consumers could go to supermarkets to buy cards and "recharge" their electric power.

Officers of the National Police arrived in anti-riot units to disperse the protest. After the demonstration, Omar Pinzón, director of the National Police, went to the place to mediate with the residents to reopen the road and start conversations with the supplier company.

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