According to local media, two pastors of the army of faith religious movement in Angola have been detained for allegedly wearing uniforms from the country’s armed forces.
According to the Novo Jornal website, the two were detained on Wednesday by members of the Criminal Investigation Service (SIC) who were “wearing red pins resembling those worn by army generals.”
The two will be charged with unauthorized use of a military uniform and engaging in illegal religious activities “because their sect is not registered,” according to SIC spokesperson Manuel Halaiwa.
It comes after a video went viral showing the two pastors presiding over a ceremony that more than 80 young people attended, some of them were dressed in army uniform replicas.
The government has reportedly started to crack down on unregistered churches and people who claim to perform miracles, according to a recent report from the VOA.