By 1974 the works at the Ruacana-Calueque complex (which were started in 1972) were in full swing, carried out by Italian, Swedish and British construction companies, with tradesmen coming from South Africa, Britain, Turkey and Greece, and over two thousand labourers from Angola and South West Africa.
SWAPO did not waste any time in identifying this project as a target. Attacks were already planned in April of 1974. Labourers of the project were told to strike and some were even threatened with death.
The fact that Portuguese soldiers were withdrawn from the area during the time of the agreement increased the concern of the workers, even though the South African Defence Force promised security.
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