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A timeless portrait of the anti-colonial struggle in Algeria

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  • A timeless portrait of the anti-colonial struggle in Algeria

    During the eight-year conflict the French military and their allied militia killed up to one million Algerians. In Paris, Guy Mollet’s Socialist Party-led government, with Francois Mitterrand as interior minister, passed the Special Powers Act giving the military a blank check in Algeria. Assassination, torture and rape were commonplace. As a leading French general later boasted: “We were given a free hand to do what we considered necessary.”

    Tens of thousands of innocent men, women and children were tortured and in Algiers alone more than 3,000 people arrested by French forces “disappeared”. French “pacification” programs forced two million Algerians from their homes, many into barbed-wire concentration camps, and saw the destruction of over 8,000 villages.

    Almost two million French troops served in the conflict, including reigning French President Jacques Chirac and Jean-Marie Le Pen, leader of the racist National Front. Le Pen has been accused of being actively involved in torturing prisoners at the notorious Villa Sesini in Algiers in 1957.
    A government that robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the support of Paul.
    By: George Bernard Shaw

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    Hi Fortunato

    I found this interesting article, an interview with Saadi Yacef, co producer of 'The Battle of Algiers', and whose experience the film was largely based on.


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