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Tue, 04 Jan 2011 13:47 - Updated Tue, 04 Jan 2011 13:47

Angolans celebrate Colonial Martyrs Repression Day


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Luanda - Angola is celebrating the January 4, Colonial Martyrs Repression Day, with political, cultural and sporting events.

The date is of relevant importance in the history of the national liberation struggle, as it marked a revolt against the Portuguese colonial occupation 500 years ago (1482-1975). The reaction of the colonial authorities was so violent and claimed the lives of thousands of patriots.

In the peoples' history, there are dates which, by their high cultural value and historic significance, constitute landmarks and guidance in the lives of men.

The January 4 is, in effect, for the Angolan people, one of these dates, as the content of the events that define it, continue to inspire generations of children of the country in their actions in favour of freedom and well-being, locally and abroad.

In fact, 50 years have passed since the tragic events of Baixa de Kassanje, where more than a few thousand men, women and children, were brutally killed by the Portuguese colonial air force that dropped napalm bombs on the village.

Since those tragic events, other historical moments ensued in the lives of Angolans.

The courage of those men, emphasized in their determination in standing such violent reaction of the colonialists, constituted the germ of the liberation movement that started on February 4, 1961 and culminated on November 11, 1975, with the proclamation of National Independence.

This year, the main event of the anniversary will take place in the town of Teka-dia-Kinda, Kela district, province of Malange, under the slogan "Let us honour the martyrs of the homeland, promoting the development of Angola”.