Given the independence of the Belgium Congo, June of , it was almost impossible to stop its effects and repercussions in Portuguese Angola. Several internal factors, according to Alexander Keese, contributed to a situation of unsatisfaction amongst the Angolan population,. Another was the extremely low wages paid to agricultural contract workers. In February, a revolt happened in Luanda in which there is an attempt, without positive results, to overtake the prisons in order to free the political prisoners.
This insurrection marked the beginning of the colonial war. For the first and only time, over its thirty seven years of government, Salazar is facing the real risk of being removed from power, in April , in the sequence of a military movement in which were involved high military patents, including the Defense and Army ministers. Alexandre, At the same time a fast counter-offensive was being prepared in Congo; and, back home national feelings were the call of the day.
By then, much of the damage done over previous decades to the prestige of the colonial administration was already irreversible. The abolition of forced labour in late , which was in large part due to the takeover by the military of the disparate reform attempts of the s, came too late to have an effect on the war situation in Angola. Keese, The most immediate of these steps was to use missionaries as scapegoats by imprisoning them and accuse them of subversive actions, as in the case of the three names mentioned above. In order to instill values among black Americans, so they may have the opportunity to achieve economic success, the AMA built churches to teach morality and schools to provide the skills needed to become accomplished free laborers.
Burlingham points out:. Burlingham, 7. The same type of pedagogical techniques that black missionaries received at AMA schools were then adopted and applied in Angola. The community-centric aspect of these schools was welcomed by Angolans while, consequently, the most conservative aspects of their pedagogy was appealing to the Portuguese.
The flip of that coin came when the political situation in Portugal changed after the overthrowing of the Republican government in The Estado Novo and Salazar, in conjunction with the Catholic Church, started implementing more Catholic missions in Angola to counter the growing influence of the Protestant missions. In order to disrupt this relationship, the Portuguese state began issuing new laws. For example the Decree 77 which required that Portuguese be spoken in all schools in the colony and that all teachers pass an examination in Portuguese.
Consequently, hundreds of missions schools were closed; Teachers and pastors were arrested and sent to the army or to perform forced labor. These new laws also. The Portuguese were convinced that missionaries were acting as agents of the United States. Burlingham, Missionaries then took on the task of being civil negotiators between the white and black communities. They occupied a complex place in the racial and social colonial hierarchy. In the s, the Portuguese colonial state began to invest in Catholic missions. The persecutions of Protestant pastors and teachers increased and the missionaries became targets of violent attacks.
This was their way of surviving in colonial Angola to which they succeeded.
Cross also concluded that,. CrossS, Quessua became the heart and soul of the Methodists in Angola. Surrounding Quessua are fields and small villages. Also, the same source states:. The buildings were concrete and complete with plumbing. They were built with a gorgeous architectural style. The theological seminary provided training for all of Angola.
A huge hospital served a wide geographic area. Dormitories housed the men and women students, and there were houses for teachers and administrators. An enormous agricultural university is there … The schools were for everyone, not just Methodists, and the hospital served all of the population.
When questioned by journalist Galen Drake, Marion Way replies that the charges had been made against the mission as a whole since March when the first outbreaks occurred. Fred Brancel interjects with what he thought motivated the Portuguese action. He states that the Portuguese can make charges on anything that they really want. According to him,. They have never acknowledge to our knowledge that they have any blame in this situation. Interview Drake. The Portuguese preferred to use the term terrorist. Instead, a more accurate term could be used; perhaps, rebels. Galen Drake follows up by asking if they thought that Angolans felt righteous in their rebellious actions and if that there was an injustice being thrust upon Angolans?
Later they were asked if they have ever encountered any difficulty with the Portuguese government because of their work.
They were in prison in Luanda for two weeks and then sent to Lisbon. In Lisbon they were in one prison for about five days and posteriorly moved to another. In Malanje there were no threats of violence against them, rather against native prisoners. Though they had a separated room, they were able to integrate with other prisoners. They were glad for this experience because they saw some of the people from their Methodist Church. They met one of their students in jail who was put there because he was wearing the Methodist Youth emblem. He and his brother were put in jail and they were both beaten.
As a result of the beatings, his young brother end up dying. They stated that while they were practicing, the Portuguese were preaching. As missionaries, and guests in the country, they tried to abide by the laws and this is the reason why they have not spoken for the African cause. This situation increased the hatred between the races.
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The Portuguese officials picked up forty-two African Protestant missionaries and, even after they were released, never announced their release in public. Unfortunately they [the Portuguese] continue saying that everything is fine. In the papers we read that everything is fine in Angola, the blacks and the whites all live peacefully and happily, everybody can eat together and go to school together which are just lies [my emphasis].
If they [the Portuguese] would admit that something is wrong and try to do something about it, there might be some hope. He states that on Friday of that year  and month [December] during a United Nations summit, the spokesman for Portugal said that a report, which had been issued by five countries in the UN, was false and the spokesman categorically denied everything that was written.
The UN had an investigating body which was not allowed into Angola because the Portuguese government would not permit them; however, the UN was able to write a report on the basis of what they had learned about the current state of Angola from different sources — including missionaries. The report stated that there was a great deal of mistreatment and deprivation of the basic human rights by the Portuguese government. The Portuguese spokesman responded to this report by claiming that the only terrorists in the country were Mr.
Is there any indication as far as you can see that the communists are behind the scene?
Way further stated:. I want to say how much we appreciated the vote of America in the United Nations. That did a great deal towards helping the Africans having a better understanding of America. If we could continue on that line, I think we would keep out a lot of communist influence.
If they felt that the Western nations were behind them and had something to help them…otherwise they will feel that the communists are the only ones who are interested. The response that many African chiefs gave to the officials, when they were beaten and put in jail, was that they would die before going back to growing cotton; before they were raising cotton for the Portuguese, they owned their cattle, and gardens and were happy. The story the missionaries tell is that of a group of workers who decided not to work until they got better pay.
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The Portuguese, instead of negotiating, shot them down and forced them to go back to the fields. That set off a chain reaction in the area. A small fraction of the Angolan people were able to go school due to the lack of school building in most areas.