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November 6, 2013

Teenage activist starts hunger strike in Angola

17-year-old Nito Alves arrested for t-shirts with slogans against the president.

Nito Alves in front of the wall newspaper he created in the Bairro do Chimuco, Viana. Photo shared on his Facebook profile via Global Voices.

An Angolan teenager imprisoned for two months without trial for insulting President Jose Eduardo dos Santos began a hunger strike to protest his treatment in detention. 17-year-old activist Manuel Baptista Chivonde Nito Alves was arrested for ordering t-shirts with slogans calling the president a "disgusting dictator". He was arrested in September and is reportedly charged with insulting the president. He could face a three-year prison sentence if convicted.

According to rights groups, Nito Alves was held in solitary confinement. Local reports say he was transferred there after rallying other detainees in prison against the government.