A Voice from Algeria

A Voice from Algeria

Because of the immediacy and urgency of the Algerian crisis and the repressive movement it has called forth we are advancing publication of the exclusive interview given to DISSENT by Messali Hadj, Algerian nationalist leader. This was to have appeared in the Summer issue of DISSENT which will be devoted in large part to the African continent.


I) How do you view the conflict in Algeria?
I regard the conflict in Algeria as an event which increasingly involves every social layer of the Algerian people and sets into motion the most hesitant, even those who formerly sided with the colonial administration. After sixteen months of armed struggle it may be stated that the development of the situation has equally enlisted the sympathy and understanding of an important section of French democracy. This new phase has clarified Algerian realities.

II) What is your position today? Reconciliation with the French 
or total independence?
Our position has not changed. We are for complete inde...

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