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

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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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