Angola: Construction of Baixa De Kassanje Heroes Memorial Defended

Luanda — The construction of a site in memory of the Baixa do Kassanje heroes with a view to keeping the deeds and convey them to the new generations was defended Friday in Luanda by the provincial director of Culture, Manuel Sebastião.

Manuel Sebastião was speaking to Angop on the January 4, the Martyrs of Colonial Repression's day.

The official underlined that the date should be kept in the memory of all Angolans due to their role in the defence of the people's living standards.

He also said the date symbolises the bravery of the Angolan people, who fought against colonial oppression until 11 November 1975, the dday the nationalist António Agostinho Neto proclaimed the country's independence.

To this end, the provincial director of Culture also defended that the date should serve for a reflection on the political and social history of the country.

The killing was triggered by the uprising of peasants of the Baixa de Kassanje cotton plantations, in northern Malanje province, when they claimed against ill-treatment and harsh social living conditions on 4 January 1961.

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