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Angola hunger strike over dos Santos 'dictator' T-shirts

Angola's President Jose Eduardo Dos Santo, photographed in August 2011 Image copyright AFP
Image caption President Jose Eduardo dos Santos has governed Angola since 1975

An Angolan teenager, who was arrested about two months ago after printing T-shirts calling President Jose Eduardo dos Santos a dictator, has gone on hunger strike, his lawyer says.

Manuel Chivonde Nito Alves's lawyer said he was protesting against his unjust and inhumane treatment.

Mr Alves had the T-shirts printed for an anti-government march, which was dispersed by the police in September.

He has been charged with insulting the president.

Mr dos Santos has governed oil-rich Angola since 1979.

In the past two years, there have been a number of demonstrations against the government.

Despite its growing economy and the huge wealth of a tiny elite, most Angolans live on about $2 (£1.25) a day.

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