7 May 2016

Setif — The peaceful protest, staged in Setif (300-km east of Algiers) on the morning of 8 May 1945, ended in the killing of thousands of Algerian civilians by the French colonial forces in the eastern province as well as in other parts of the country.

Believing that the suppression of the protest would obliterate the national movement, the French occupying forces killed brutally more than 45.000 people in several regions of Algeria, especially in the eastern provinces of Setif, Guelma and Kherrata.

However, the genocide, which exposed the cruelty of the French colonialism, paved the way to the Revolution of 1 November 1954, according to many historians.

In a statement to APS, the president of 8 May 1945 Foundation, Abdelhamid Selakdji said that the march started at 8:30 near the mosque of the station of Setif heading for the commemorative stele of the Unknown Soldier, near Benbadis mosque (currently).

The participants wanted to celebrate the victory of the allies over the Nazis and remind France of its promise to the Algerians, who fought the Nazi Germany to free France: “Help us to liberate France and you will have your independence.”

Source: allAfrica.

Link: http://allafrica.com/stories/201605091088.html.