The people of Algeria celebrated the 65th anniversary of Independence on Thursday, July 5th, the date on which the determined Algerian people achieved their independence, after the longest series of struggle against colonialism, a fight that lasted for 132 years.
The Algerian people have given the greatest examples of resistance, not only in the face of French colonials, but in the face of Western forces of colonialism, who gave France the backing it needed in its occupation of Algeria, but despite all hardships, the country kept its identity, religion and culture.
On this occasion, the Algerian President addressed his people with a message he started with a heartfelt tribute to the souls of the martyrs who rebelled against the injustices of colonialism and tribute of love and appreciation to the resistance.
President Abdelaziz Bouteflika said: Algeria’s independence did not come without a high price to be paid, a price has been paid by generations that fought against the colonial invasion, and by the successive uprisings to break the occupation’s chains; also throughout a strong political continuous battle; a struggle clashed with the selfish and brutal colonization, which responded repressively on people’s demands, the worst manifestations of which, were the massacres of May 8, 1945.
Bouteflika underlined that Algeria decided to make the 5th of July its day of independence and a day dedicated to its youth as recognition of the struggle and sacrifice of young people who freed Algeria.
On that day, Algeria recovers memories of the struggle and fight for liberation and independence against Europe, which launched hundreds of campaigns against Algeria.
Peaceful demonstrations spread throughout Algeria on May 1, 1945, where the Algerians called for the release of politician Messali Hadj and Algeria’s independence. They also denounced the persecution, and raised the national flag that was specifically produced for the demonstrations in a sewing shop belonging to a merchant named Albasheer Amroon.
The repressive response towards the peaceful demonstrations organized by the Algerians led to the results of 8 May 1945 massacres. The French occupation used land, air and naval forces to destroy villages and towns, and resulted in the martyr of over 45000 Algerians. Foreign statistics estimate between 50000-70000 martyrs of unarmed civilians.
From that moment on, Algerians understood that freedom cannot find its way through peace, as the French lied, murdered millions using all sorts of torture, burned down villages and cities, and used internationally prohibited weapons, including atomic bombs that reduced Algerians to guinea pigs.
The Algerians organized the November 1 Revolution and defeated the French colonialists to win their independence after seven years of fighting, or rather, 132 years of struggle; a struggle in which more than one million martyrs and millions of missing people.
Algeria holds annual national celebrations on all its territories in order to commemorate this great anniversary of independence.
The country holds beautiful festivals and celebrations, accompanied by official protocols such as raising the Algerian flag at 12 a.m. throughout the Republic, broadcasting television and radio programs in the Amazigh, French and Arabic languages, in addition to broadcasting films on the revolution, the resistance, and national figures.
Algeria has been characterized by its cultural wealth since the Roman and Byzantine eras and throughout the Islamic and modern eras; which manifested in the various cultural and heritage features in various architectural, intellectual, and human creativity scopes.
Source: International Islamic News Agency