Angola: Blood Shed On February 4 Led to Victory - Church Leader

Luanda — The blood shed in the historical action of the 4 February 1961 served to bring the victory to the people of Angola and build the country of the present where there is a struggle for socio-economic development.

This was said Saturday in Luanda by the leader of the Theosophical Church, prophetess Suzete João.

Speaking to Angop on the occasion of the 52nd anniversary of the start of the national armed liberation struggle, on February 4, the church leader said the date is one of the greatest in the contemporary history of Angola.

" It was thanks to the courage and bravery of the heroes of February 4 that Angola is today a respected country at the level of Africa and serves as an example to the whole world, so we have this date as a sacred one," she stated.

Suzete João said that on this day all Angolans must reflect about the importance of the action carried out by a handful of nationalists who showed to all Angolans the need to fight for freedom.

"We are here today, because someone started the struggle and created the courage and following their example we must do our best to consolidate the peace, independence and reconstruction of the country, seeking to give hands and fight all evils that still affect the country," said the prophetess.

On the occasion, the church leader called for a stronger action in the retrieval of the civic and moral values destroyed in the course of the long period of war the people of Angola had to experience after gaining national independence.

On 4 Febraury 1961, Angolan nationalists launched an attack on the São Paulo and Casa Reclusão prisons in Luanda, which set the start of the national armed liberation struggle that led to the proclamation of the national independence on 11 November 1975.

The main event of the celebration of the 52nd anniversary of the February 4 is taking place in Angola's southern Cunene province with the motto "Let us honour our heroes, by serving the nation with loyalty."

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