On Friday 3rd August, the city of Peace, capital of the new province of Djibliho, hosted for the third year running the celebrations to mark the 39th Anniversary of the Freedom Coup, a date on which the people of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea celebrate their liberation, in an environment of peace and tranquillity, having already overcome many obstacles and on the road to meeting many other challenges.
The celebrations this year began with a thanksgiving mass said by the Bishop of the Diocese of Mongomo, Monsignor Juan Domingo Beka, accompanied by other priests.
The military event took place on the esplanade of the presidential tribune in the city, with a rendition of the national anthem and a military inspection carried out by the President of the Republic, H. E. Obiang Nguema Mbasogo.
The event saw the presence of the First Lady of the Nation, Constancia Mangue de Obiang, the Vice-President of the Republic, Teodoro Nguema Obiang Mangue, presidents of constitutional bodies, members of the Government and the PDGE, officials, sub-officials, the accredited diplomatic corps dealing with the Government of Malabo, and a large crowd of the general public.
Along these lines there were readings of academic reports from the directors of the General Obiang Military School (EMIGO), the regional advocacy Naval School , and the results by students who took military training in Russia, Cameroon and Swaziland, among others.
After that, medals and insignia were awarded to the number one from each body or speciality, in accordance with Republic Presidential Decrees. Along those lines, the Vice-President received the Equatorial Guinea Medal of the Order of Military Merit First Class.
For the Head of State, the 3rd August has been written in golden letters, as it was one of the most important moments in the history of the nation, with the recovery of the freedom lost from 12th October 1968, when Equatorial Guinea gained National Independence.
It was in the early hours of 3rd August 1979 when the loyal nationalist National Armed Forces put an end to the Government of the First Republic, a political system that repressed any attempt to vindicate basic rights in Equatorial Guinea in its own land. Today, the history of our country can envisage a promising horizon with various achievements on a political, economic, social and religious level.
The famous defeat imposed on the enemies by forces loyal to the supreme military council under the convergence of Mekac Obuk concluded with success, and the reduction of the dictator and his troops to the northern jungles of Nnoakien.
With the military parade from the training schools, the event came to a close at the presidential tribune in Paz, the setting for the third year running of the closing ceremony, graduation and taking up of posts for officers and sub-officers in the national armies.
The presidential couple offered a reception at the Djibloho Gran Hotel, which brought the events of the thirty-ninth Anniversary of the Freedom Coup to a close.
Source: Official Web Page of the Government of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea