6 January 2013

Angola: January 4 Events Should Be Used for Studies

Malanje — The bishop of Angolan United Methodist Church Eastern Annual Conference, José Quipungo, defended on Saturday in the northern Malanje provincethat the history of Baixa de Kassanje massacre should be used for studies at schools so that the new generations learn more about the event.

Speaking as survivor of 4 January of 1961, José Quipungo believes that high school and university teachers need to interview and get information about the history of Baixa de Kassanje massacre to transmit to their students.

The January 4 marked the starting point of Angolan revolution against colonial occupation, having ended with the conquest of the national independence on 11 of November of 1975.

To him, the memory of Baixa de Kassanje massacre should be honoured with a construction of a memorial at Teca Dya Kinda locality, district of Quela, where the history event took place.

On 4 January 1961, thousands of Angolan peasants of Baixa de Cassanje cotton plantations, in northern Malanje province, were murdered, as they opposed the low price paid for their crop by the farmers and Cotonang.

The revolt of the peasants was repelled with Portuguese air force bombardments.

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