The Algerian regime claimed an overwhelming (and totally unbelievable)
97% ’yes’ vote and 80% turnout in its referendum on a ’peace and
reconciliation charter’, held on 29 September. President Abdelaziz
Bouteflika said this would draw a line under the brutal civil war which
erupted in 1992.
Tuesday 25 February. Thousands of factories closed down, the sky was
without planes, the streets were without public transport, banks and
offices where closed and the printing presses of the daily papers
50 years ago saw the outbreak of the Algerian revolution against French
imperialism. But the fruits of that successful revolution have been
stolen by the FLN regime and denied to the country’s workers and youth.
Today’s conditions are preparing the ground for a new social explosion.