The Zonm Lib Liberation Monument or also Liberation Monument and likewise Liberty Monument represents a major political milestone in the history of the Seychelles. It is a powerful symbol of La Liberté for all Seychelles residents who rebelled against colonial oppression and injustice on 5 June 1977. The metal statue used to stand behind the People's Stadium on 5th of June Avenue and is now in front of the Communication Center (ICCS), near the United Seychelles party building. The sturdy, masculine figure with raised arms and clenched fists, freed from chains, symbolizes triumphant defiance and victory for a truly independent nation.
The Liberation Monument was inaugurated in 1978 by the President of the Second Republic, who dedicated it to the martyrs of the Revolution. In March 1989 marble steps were added to the granite base on which it stands, flanked by the national flag. Since 1978, every June 5th is a national holiday, when wreaths and flowers are laid down by dignitaries and the population at 'Zonm Lib'. In the aftermath of multi-party democracy, this monument symbolises the spirit of revolutionary fervour and the will of the people of Seychelles to keep the flag of peace, harmony and freedom flying in the future.
From the Clocktower in Victoria head east into Independence Avenue. At the roundabout take the 3rd exit "Diversion Road" which runs parallel to the 5th "June Avenue". Along the "Diversion Road" e.g. at Box to Box Take Away you will find parking spaces.
Now cross the Latanier Avenue on foot and you are already standing in front of the Zonm Lib Monument.
On foot from the Clocktower:
Head south on Francis Rachel Street (this is a one-way street for cars).
It passes the small shopping mile "La Esplanade", the library and Kenwyn House.
At the roundabout with the swordfish monument "Unity Monument" you can already see the Zonm Lib statue, also called Liberty Monument, diagonally opposite in front of the "US Seychelles" house.
Time: about 10 minutes.
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