Cape Verde. At the end of March, protests erupted against
the country's parliament unanimously voting for reforms that
would give the country's politicians huge pay rises.
COUNTRYAAH, the President, the President and the Prime
Minister would receive a salary premium of 65%. The
president, whose salary has been fixed since 1997, would
then receive the equivalent of just over SEK 23,000 a month.
About 5,000 protesters gathered outside the parliament
building in the capital, Praia, demanding that President
Jorge Carlos Fonseca veto the reforms. The wage increases
were seen by many as unjust in a situation of economic
crisis caused by, among other things, the 2014 volcanic
eruption and reduced tourism; many cruise ships ended after
the outbreak of the Ebola epidemic in West Africa to add to
Cape Verde, despite the epidemic not reaching there.
The driving force behind the demonstrations was the
movement MAC # 113. The leader of the movement, sociologist
Rony Moreira, claimed that he was excluded from the Cape
Verde African Independence Party (PAICV) state party because
he was considered radical. However, opposition to wage
increases was supported by PAICV leader Janira Hopffer
Almada, which created tensions within the party; Prime
Minister Josť Maria Neves also represents this party, unlike
President Fonseca, who belongs to the Movement for Democracy
Around the end of the month of August - September,
tropical cyclone Fred pulled in over Cape Verde, where it
reached hurricane strength. This was the first time known as
the blown hurricane over the island since 1892. Peace caused
extensive material damage before the cyclone continued with
reduced force towards the West African coast.