The National Assembly receives a decision “condemning” the “massacre” of October 17, 1961 | EUROtoday

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Algerian demonstrators arrested in Puteaux, west of Paris, during the peaceful demonstration of October 17, 1961.

Cautious and stamped with the seal of consensus, the textual content is hardly revolutionary. His curiosity lies elsewhere. It is necessary to the talk that it’s going to elevate within the Hemicycle and to what it should reveal concerning the present state of opinion on the reminiscence of the Algerian struggle. The examination, which should start within the National Assembly on Wednesday March 27 or Thursday March 28, of a proposed decision geared toward ” the gratitude “ And ” sentence “ of “massacre” of Algerians on October 17, 1961 in Paris guarantees to awaken some ghosts across the “events in Algeria”as we modestly mentioned then.

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That day, the police repression of a pro-FLN demonstration defying the curfew imposed on “French Muslims of Algeria” had left a number of dozen useless within the coronary heart of the capital and its outskirts. Many victims had drowned within the Seine.

This textual content, the initiative of which comes from MP Sabrina Sebaihi (Europe Ecologie-Les Verts, Hauts-de-Seine), is a part of the method of memorial reconciliation pushed by Emmanuel Macron in 2021 following the publication of the report by the historian Benjamin Stora. It opens a brand new stage on this technique of confronting the darkish pages of the previous by shifting to Parliament a debate hitherto confined to the corridors of energy, editorial arenas or a couple of activist circles.

The nationwide illustration had in actual fact little mentioned it aside from the adoption, in November 2021, of the invoice on “reparation of damages” suffered by the harkis. Benjamin Stora had additionally lengthy betrayed his “bitterness” to see that political leaders usually, and the left specifically, had not sufficiently taken up his suggestions to push the fires of memorial reconciliation with Algeria and French individuals of Algerian origin. “I see that the report has infused”he rejoices at the moment.

Refusal to talk of “state crime”

The anticipated adoption of the decision – the Renaissance and MoDem teams ought to be part of forces with the left – will definitely not upset the official doctrine on the bloody episode of October 17, 1961. Firstly, as a result of it doesn’t acts as a decision, or a easy opinion devoid of legislative drive. Then, as a result of Mr. Macron has already set the framework throughout a ceremony in tribute to the victims held on October 16, 2021 on the Bezons bridge (Hauts-de-Seine). “The crimes dedicated that night time [le 17 octobre 1961] below the authority of Maurice Papon are inexcusable for the Republic”, the top of state then declared.

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