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Union says death threats will not stop university teachers' strike

The secretary general of the Union of Higher Education Teachers (Sinpes), on strike, said this Tuesday that the strike will not stop, reacting to the vandalism of his residence by “strange elements”, following “anonymous threats” by death.


Eduardo Peres Alberto told Lusa that his residence, in Luanda, was vandalized by strange elements, who broke one of the windows in one of the rooms and then sent a message to his daughter's cell phone with "promises of death", after the scare.

"It was between 10:30 and 11:00 local time, this Monday, in broad daylight, after vandalizing the house, they broke one of the windows in one of the rooms and then sent a message to my eldest (daughter's) cell phone that "they saw the scare next time we're going to kill"," he said.

For the leader of Sinpes, the body that coordinates the indefinite strike that resumed on February 27th, the elements that vandalized his house are the same ones that since March 28th have been making threats with messages to his cell phone and that of his daughter.

"You're going too far with this strike and then don't say you weren't warned" this is, according to Peres Alberto, the content of the first message sent to his cell phone by anonymous people.

Then, he continued, the same elements also sent a message to his daughter with the following content: "Advise your father and his group that we are going to attack if they do not lift the strike".

"A week later, they deposited an edited photograph with a cross at the door of my house, the police have this information and yesterday they went to vandalize the residence and there is no longer any doubt that they are the same group", he stressed.

On February 27, public university professors resumed their strike, for an indefinite period, in protest against "miserable wages" and the inversion of the executive's priorities.

Teachers claim salary updates, better working conditions, health insurance and others, contained in a memorandum of understanding of November 17, 2021.

"Our only partner is the Government with whom we signed the memorandum of understanding on November 17, 2021, we do not know of another partner interested in lifting the strike, because the perpetrators demand that we lift the strike", said the official. from Sinpes.

Asked if he feared the worst, following the vandalism of his residence, Eduardo Peres Alberto replied: "Even if they kill the secretary general, the strike will not stop and the quality of higher education will not improve because of this act either".

"What we understand is that threats should not make us retreat, the strike is national and is for an indefinite period, if they think that killing the general secretary or killing the general secretary will end the strike, they are wrong", he shot.

"Therefore, the Government, at this moment, the police and the secret services must play their role and present the perpetrators of all these acts", he stressed.

The trade unionist also regretted the silence of the police authorities, where he has already made complaints, and the Government regarding the points contained in the teachers' claim notebook.

Students have held several demonstrations since Saturday, April 15, in Luanda, asking for the return to classes in the country's public universities, paralyzed for more than a month due to the teachers' strike.

According to the Angolan Students Movement (MEA), the demonstrations, which are due to start on April 15th and run until May 14th, aim to alert the authorities in order to respond to the demands of university professors.


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