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Mozambique on Sunday recalled the Mueda massacre of June 16, 1960, which culminated in the deaths of some 600 people demanding freedom from Portuguese colonialism and the country’s independence.
Fifty-nine years after the massacre, hundreds of people gathered at the site of the deaths of the Mozambicans protesting against the Portuguese colonial regime in Mueda, Cabo Delgado.
The homage began with the laying of a wreath at the monument erected in memory of the martyrs of Mueda and was followed by a visit to the building where the Portuguese colonial administration of the time functioned. It ended with a rally, with speeches including the testimony of Januário Macai, one of the few survivors of the massacre.
The ceremony was led by the Minister for Gender, Children and Social Action, Cidália Chaúque, who in her speech highlighted the need for Mozambicans to draw inspiration from the courage of the Mueda martyrs in facing the country’s current and future challenges.
In addition to honouring the martyrs of Mueda, symbolically considered the first Mozambicans who attempted the liberation of the country by peaceful means, the ceremony also served to mark the Day of the African Child and Metical Day.
By Hizidine AcháSource: O País