Sunday, October 17, 2021

Algerian parliament marks anniversary of 1961 Paris massacre

Rebuffing controversial statements by France’s president about the colonial period in Algeria, the nation's parliament Saturday said that on a single day in 1961, some 300 peaceful Algerians were massacred by the French police.



A special session of the National People's Assembly, the lower house of Algeria’s parliament, was held to mark the 60th anniversary of the Oct. 17, 1961 massacre in Paris, when peaceful demonstrators supporting the independence movement in their country were suppressed by the French police.

The massacre, according to Parliament Speaker Ibrahim Boughali, remains a shameful stain on France, because crimes against humanity do not expire.

A statement by the Algerian Information Ministry stated that the Algerian demonstrators in France were civilians who were subjected to brutality, torture, and killing.

“In a country that falsely markets itself as a human rights defender, the intervention against the demonstrators left 300 dead, including women, children, and the elderly,” the statement said.

The memory of the Paris massacre, when the demonstrators were killed and thrown into the Seine River for supporting the Algerian War of Independence, is still alive after 60 years, it added.

According to the statement, France tried to hide the scale of the massacre for 37 years, falsely announcing in 1998 that only 40 people had been killed in the protests....Tr media

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  • French President Emmanuel Macron has called a bloody crackdown on Algerian protesters by police in Paris 60 years ago an "unforgivable crime".

On 17 October 1961, French police turned on Algerian demonstrators. Some were shot, others were drowned.

The precise number of victims is not known, but some say several hundred could have lost their lives.

Mr Macron is the first French president to recognise that crimes were committed that day....BBC

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