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Already public protests against poor services, inflation of 13.5 per cent and unemployment of the masses, have been suppressed with tear gas and water cannon.
Few dare speak out in this police-dominated, corrupt state, with its hobbled press and its brutal crackdowns on public protests.
Two weeks ago, Portugal’s Prime Minister Pedro Passos Coelho came with his begging bowl.
But this is an oil-rich country that looks forward to a predicted 12 per cent growth in its economy this year.‘Down in the street market where we were filming a dance sequence I came across fake Vans sneakers for £58, on a stall next to a woman killing chickens with her bare hands.’A one-bedroom apartment in the city centre costs £7,500 a month to rent. Ana Cristiana Pinto, an attractive 23-year-old who was sent out of the country for her education, as were many Angolans during the long and bloody civil war, explains: ‘For many years we had nothing here. This helps explain how a pair of Puma trainers can cost £185 and why the room-service spaghetti bolognese in our hotel restaurant is £32.A pizza is £16, tomatoes sell for £7.33 per pound and gym membership will set them back a staggering £5,000 a year. Around the corner, lies a tiny boutique with a new consignment of Pepe jeans.While major powers lick their wounds over collapsing markets, Angola strides forward at breakneck speed, confident of double-digit growth for years to come.Expats are attracted by generous salary packages, free private education for their children, a driver and 4x4 and two business-class trips home each year.