Schools reopen in Mozambique's Maputo, Matola after riot

09:37, September 07, 2010      

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Schools in Mozambique's Maputo and the neighbouring city of Matola are reopening on Monday, following a three-day closure caused by the riots in the country earlier this month.

A statement from the ministry of education distributed to all schools on Monday said the rioters had shown disrespect for the country's laws, for the rights of citizens, and of children in particular.

It called on pupils to dedicate themselves to their studies, preventing schools from becoming a source of agitation.

It urged teachers to behave in an impartial and disciplined way, and to continue, through acts and words, to educate children, youths and adults in standards of loyalty, respect, responsibility and love for the country.

In central Maputo, traffic was flowing normally on Monday, and shops and banks opened at usual time. By mid-morning no disturbances had been reported.

According to local media reports, the government has ordered troops to support the police in their patrols of the city, particularly at the key points in last week's unrest.

These include public transport terminals and city markets.

The soldiers have also helped in the clean-up operations, removing the remains of the barricades thrown up by the rioters.

Riots broke out over price hikes in the Southern African country last Wednesday, with at least six people killed and more than 100 injured.

According to a decision made in early August, the Mozambican government began last Wednesday to lift the prices of bread by 30 percent. The price hikes for water and power came to more than 10 percent.

Meanwhile, the riots have on Monday reached the western province of Tete, after Manica and Maputo last week.

A resident living in Tete told Xinhua that the bridge linking the main city and other areas was temporarily closed and a local market was vandalized. She added that the police contingent was strong enough to control the situation.

There are reports of shots fired by the police to disperse protestors, but it was not clear if they were rubber bullets or not. No victims have been reported yet.

Source:Xinhua

(Editor:梁军)

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