Algerians want colonial 'crimes' recognised

2012-10-31 14:19
French President Francois Hollande. (File, AFP)

French President Francois Hollande. (File, AFP)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Algiers - Algerians want "frank acknowledgement" of crimes committed against them during the French colonisation of the country, a minister said on Tuesday, ahead of the 58th anniversary of the war for independence.

"In view of the crimes committed by this coloniser against a defenceless people... the Algerians want frank acknowledgement [of them]," Mohamed Cherif Abbas, minister of the mujahedeen (veterans of the war), told news agency APS.

Cherif spoke after French President Francois Hollande recognised earlier this month the "bloody repression" of Algerian protesters by police in Paris in October 1961, which historians killed dozens, possibly hundreds.

At the call of Algeria's National Liberation Front (FLN), which was fighting for independence, between 20 000 and 30 000 men, women and children from Algeria protested in Paris against a police curfew.

Ordered to halt the demonstration, police waded into the crowd in a hail of blows and bodies were thrown into the river.

The official toll was given as three dead, including two Algerians, but historians have said that between 50 and 200 people were killed.

"The recognition of the October 17 1961 massacre is primarily political, given the manner in which it was carried out," Cherif said, two days before the anniversary of the war, which started 1 November 1954.

Hollande is set to visit Algeria in December and hopes to improve relations between the two countries and achieve a "strategic partnership", French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius has said.

The FLN won independence for the north African country in July 1962.

Read more on:    francois hollande  |  algeria  |  france  |  north africa

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
NEXT ON NEWS24X publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24


Meet instagram star, Pumpkin the racoon

With 300 000 followers and growing Pumpkin is winning over the internet!



The cats that cost R35 000
Miley Cyrus can’t get enough of her new puppy
13 guilty pets
Meet SA's top poacher-catcher

Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly


Plant some seeds. Your innovative mind is on fire and your ingenious ideas may just be the seeds for future projects. You may more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.