First Algerian November in Paris
Since February, on Sunday, Place de la Republique in Paris, echoing the Friday demonstrations in Algeria, the Algerians of the Ile de France are coming together to support the peaceful, salmiya , and democratic revendications that are expressed in the country.
But Friday, it was not only a gathering on the place de la Republique but a march from the Republique to the Place de la Bastille, Algeria too, there are bastilles to take.
It was not Sunday but Friday, November 1, 65th anniversary of the outbreak of the struggle for national independence, the 37th Friday of the movement, hirak (1), since February, which has already obtained the resignation of Abdelaziz Bouteflika , April 2, the cancellation of the presidential election scheduled for last spring.
Today, the protesters, for a new independence, against the presidential election scheduled for December 12, demand the departure of all those who, since 1962, govern Algeria, the system, which have perverted the ideals of the Revolution especially by corruption. Are targeted the governors some of whom are in jail but also the army which holds the real power, at least since 1965. Taking the political line of the congress of the Soummam (1956), congress of the FLN during the fight for the national liberation, primacy of the civilian over the military.
The slogans screamed Friday in Paris were essentially: the generals in the trash (of history), power-assassin and in the form of panels with or without photographs, free the political prisoners, free the hostages.
In the few images that follow, the biggest difference with those of Algiers is the presence of many Amazigh flags (2), banned by the Algerian authorities.
Thousands of Algerians, Franco-Algerians, there were even Belgo-Algerians, united in a joyful and hopeful enthusiasm. The event must be exemplary … repeated the sound at the time of departure when the participants had to leave the Place de la République to take the Boulevard du Temple …
Without police, without television …
To make the front page, it would have been necessary …
Of the thousands of protesters, how many have thought of the Les balles du 14 juillet, 1953? Of October 17, 1961?
To day, a normal demonstration of thousands of Algerians, Franco-Algerians in a quiet Paris.
They were right. Today is a new fight. In another context. In this walk, there was joy. And the hope of a peaceful transition to democracy.
As in many other countries, against corruption, for democracy, for social progress.
Over there, here. For them. For us. For everyone.
1 – Hirak, movement in Arabic: this word was used in 2009 in Yemen and in 2016 in the Moroccan Rif.
2 – Cultural and identity flag created by a Kabyle, Youcef Medkouri. In the 1970s, the Berber Academy presented the first Berber flag. In 1998, the Amazigh World Congress formalized in Tafira in the Canary Islands, once populated by the Guanches, former Berber people (wikipedia).