In Revolution Square, Cotonou on the 10th of November, crowds demonstrated in support of the Dahomey Government's action in closing secondary and technical schools on November the 6th,., after a strike by publics and students.
GV PAN & CU People with banners support Presidential Council and denounce strikers (3 shots)
SCU Public Works Minister Gabriel Lozes speaking
GV People listen
SV/CU Presidential Council (L to R) Apithy, Maga (speaking) and Ahomadegbe (3 shots)
CU Ahomadegbe shots & waves arms ZOOM BACK & PAN crowd
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Background: In Revolution Square, Cotonou on the 10th of November, crowds demonstrated in support of the Dahomey Government's action in closing secondary and technical schools on November the 6th,., after a strike by publics and students. The pro-Government demonstrators were addressed by Mr. Gabriel Lozes, Minister of Public Works, and by Mr. Pierre Ahidote of the Information Ministry.
The same day, the three-man Presidential Council of Dahomey, led by President Hubert Maga, attended an anti-strike meeting in the Republican Palace, and sought support for their policies. The strikes followed protests against school and University reforms which took effect this year.
Latest reports on the strike situation say that the Government is to re-open the secondary and technical schools on Friday (19 November).
SYNOPSIS: After popular demonstrations in Cotonou and other Dahomey cities in support of the Government's action against strikes in secondary and technical schools, the Education Ministry announced on Saturday that the schools are to re-open next Friday. These pro-Government crowds in the Dahomey capital, supporting the Government's action in closing the schools, listened to Mr. Gabriel Lozes, Minister of Public Works and Transport, and Mr. Pierre Ahidote of the Ministry of Information, as they gave a full explanation of the Political situation.
The strike calls in secondary and technical schools were issued by the General Union of Dahomey Pupils and Students, after disagreement over school and university reforms which took effect this year. Two days later on November 6th. the Government closed the schools. Dahomey's three-man Presidential Council led by President Hubert Maga called for backing from the people for its actions at a meeting in the Republican Palace in Cotonou. According to reports on November 13th., the Government is to require students to attend their schools next Friday, accompanied by a parent or tutor. They will also have to sign an agreement that they will not become involved in any strike or action prejudicial to the school Anyone breaking the agreement will be permanently excluded from all educational establishments in Dahomey.