Teachers demonstrate in Windhoek The following statement was received from the striking teachers of Namibia Teachers in Namibia are engaging in widespread strike action for a living wage - in defiance of the official leadership of the union, who after two years of negotiations, came up with an 8% pay rise, which still leaves teachers in poverty. The teachers are being subjected to different forms of harrassment and persecution by the state as they pursue their struggle. The folowing is a statement from them: MEMORANDUM FROM:                NAMIBIAN TEACHERS TO:         THE MINISTER OF EDUCATION                 THE PRESIDENT OF NAMIBIA DATE:    15 November 2012. We, Namibian Teachers on strike note with serious concern methods employed against ourselves by the Ministry of Education to harass and intimidate ourselves, and to infringe on our most fundamental rights.  In this regard, teachers who visit their schools for whatever reason are being locked in by the school directors such A.I. Steenkamp Primary School, Acacia High School, Olof Palmer Primary School and A Shipena. Teachers are being given disciplinary summonses for misconduct;they threaten teachers with no work no pay. They are threatened with arrest. Some have been arrested in Oshakati.  The Government is using the media to falsely report and distort information on the strike. Teachers are being threatened with letters from the school directors citing false provisions of the Constitution. Teachers are not allowed to gather on any premises, both parks, public places etcetera.We ask, are these civilised practices in the face of a democratic constitution?  We are fighting for better working conditions, living standards, against the economic disparity between the working class and hierarchies. They have made a one-sided agreement with their handpicked union without mandate and gave an 8% offer which does not cover the rise in living costs. The union is the puppet of the government and they negotiate and agree without mandate. It is a constitutional right to fight for better living conditions and to withhold your labour. See Article 21 (1) All persons shall have the right to: (a) freedom of speech and expression, ... (f) withhold their labour without being exposed to criminal penalties;  Despite these fundamental rights, the court has now introduced the concept of ‘sedition’ which is used in African dictatorships to silence people. People have been barred to address striking teachers. We demand that our rights such as freedom of expression and to withhold our labour and to fight for better living conditions be respected unconditionally.  We call on the Minister and the court not to interfere with our fundamental rights. We call on the Minister to immediately stop its violation of the above rights.We call on our brothers and sisters internationally and nationally to support us and to state their unequivocal rejection of the barbaric measures directed against our teachers. .