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Teacher who protested for lack of suspended desks. Solidarity students

The Movement of Angolan Students (MEA) sympathized with teacher Diavava Bernardo, suspended after a protest to demand more desks at the school where he taught, and promises to speak out against the decision in the coming days.


In a statement, the MEA said that it learned of the professor's suspension through official sources, announcing that in the coming days it would hold "a demonstration against such an annihilating decision".

Last September, teacher Diavava Bernardo led a protest march with more than three hundred students, aged between 8 and 15, from a primary school in the inn district, municipality of Viana (Luanda), to demand more desks for that school establishment.

"As a result of this act, the Angolan Government, with its spirit of dictator, oppressor and main violator of the democratic State and of law, instituted a disciplinary process that culminated in the suspension of the aforementioned teacher", underlines the note.

According to the MEA, the decision is "illegal, without legal and constitutional grounds", so the association "repudiates this decision and sympathizes with Professor Diavava, victim of poor governance and the lack of credible policies for Education".

The students who demonstrated were dispersed by the police, who detained the teacher who was also attacked, according to student reports.

The agents also allegedly fired shots, according to videos circulating on social media, although the authorities have never confirmed the information.

Luanda police said, at the time, that the teacher was accused of organizing an unauthorized march and of the crime of material damage, estimated at 1.7 million kwanzas, for having damaged desks.

Speaking to the Lusa agency, the professor said that the decision dates from last October 25 and that it is suspended indefinitely.

Diavava Bernardo said he appealed the decision and is awaiting the conclusion of the process, refusing to comment further on the matter.


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