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Members of the Angolan Students Movement on hunger strike due to the stoppage of classes

Three members of the Angolan Students Movement (MEA) are carrying out a hunger strike, which will go on the second day this Wednesday, in view of the teachers' strike that has been taking place across the country since Tuesday.


Pedro Kyanzueto, MEA's secretary of information for Luanda, H de Ouro national secretary for Higher Education, and André Francisco 'Malcom X', municipal secretary of Cazenga, started a hunger strike on Tuesday, which they intend to carry out for 15 days.

Speaking to the Lusa agency, Pedro Kyanzueto said that the objective is to show the competent authorities that students are suffering due to lack of classes.

This Wednesday, teachers are on the second day of the second phase of a strike, to protest better social and working conditions.

The student stressed that the tests were scheduled for next week and with the strike the students are harmed.

"We are going to be harmed and that's what makes us here again today to observe the second day of the strike", he underlined.

The secretary for information in Luanda at the MEA, a 11th grade student on the Magisterium's primary education course, said that they had not been contacted by any government entity to date, only the police, who allegedly demanded that they leave the place chosen for the hunger strike, Praça da Independência, also known as Largo 1.º de Maio.

"One of our members was attacked for sitting in Largo 1.º de Maio, because there was going to be an activity. The members of the MEA could not be there, but the others could be sitting and we could not, we asked why and they said that we had to leave," he said.

According to the student, they resisted the police's call and stayed until the end of the day, adding that the feeling of insecurity prevents them from staying overnight.

To the students, the group asked to join the strike, and to the authorities, it appeals to sensitivity, dialogue between the two parties.

"For us to go back to schools, which is our place and where we want to be. Because we understand, that we don't want to be the future beggars, beggars, in this country. By force majeure, I mention the war, our parents could not graduate and we have this fear of not being able to graduate and live in the conditions in which our parents live", he said.

"We are not foreigners, we are nationals, and we want to have an education that can guarantee us a better future here in our country", he stressed.


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