Mozambique Independence Day

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Photographs and text by David Mercer

On 25 June 2015, the Mozambique Embassy under the guidance of the Mozambique Ambassador to the Russian Federation, Mr. Mario Saraiva Ngwenya, celebrated the Mozambique Independence Day. This holiday celebrates the day when Mozambique gained its independence from Portugal in 1975.

After World War II the colonies of Portugal were not granted independence and they were declared to be overseas territory. Many other African countries one by one gained independence from their protectorates. This wave led to the Mozambican War of Independence that lasted from 1964 to 1974.

Mozambique gained independence when Portugal’s Estado Novo regime was replaced by the National Salvation Junta. This event changed political views in Portugal enabling the end of the war in Mozambique and led to its independence on June 25, 1975.

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