Tuesday, November 28

How a massacre of Algerians in Paris was covered up 60 years ago


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The words “here we drown the Algerians” were engraved on the embankment of the river Seine.

“It was a miracle that they did not throw me into the Seine,” recalls the Algerian Hocine Hakem of an infamous but little-known massacre in the French capital 60 years ago.

On October 17, 1961, 30,000 Algerians had taken to the streets of Paris to peacefully protest against a curfew imposed only by Algerians living in the city and claiming independence almost seven years after the start of the war against French rule. in the north of Africa.

In response, the police killed hundreds of protesters and dozens of others were thrown into the river seine, which makes this fact one of the darkest pages in the checkered colonial history of France.

Hocine Hakem was 18 at the time and told his story to the newspaper Humanity decades after the event, about which little was reported at the time.


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