4 January 2008

Angola: January 4 Uprising Triggered Liberation Struggle - Historian

Luanda — The January 4, 1960 uprising in Angola's "Baixa de Cassanje" region, paved the of way for the start of the national liberation struggle the following year that culminated in the country's independence.

This was said Thursday in Luanda by Angolan historian and university lecturer, Fernando Gambôa.

According to him, who was speaking at a talks on "Resistance to colonisation, the example of Bixa de Kassanje", the braveness of the people of the uprising region alerted the world and Angolans in general that the country was subject to racist attitudes and human rights violation.

During the lecture, that gathered more than 600 people, Fernando Gambôa spoke of the need for scholars and researchers to work harder in order to establish how many Angolans were actually killed and how many left orphaned, as a result of the repression that followed the revolt.

To the academician, the liberation of the peoples placed Angola in a social, political and economic order, forcing the colonial system to revise its legislation towards the Angolans, reducing illtreatment and granting some benefits and other reforms.

"They (colonialists) tried to do all this to fight what they called terrorist", he said, stating that all those policies operated as a two-edged sword as, the more they arrested the more "terrorists" emerged.

The January 4 was declared a national holiday in respect for thousands of peasants from the cotton producing region of "Baixa de Kassanje" brutally murdered by the colonial authorities 48 years ago for claiming for better living conditions.

The event was witnessed by Angolan Government members, representatives of political parties, churches, armed forces, national police and other members of the civil society.

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