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In 2022, Algeria Will Mark 60 years of Independence

Algeria's independence from France was celebrated on July 5, 2022, with widespread festivities, its first military parade in more than ten years, and the release of about 14,000 prisoners. "A day of glory for a new era" was the celebration's new slogan.


This occasion marks the formal announcement that put an end to 132 years of colonial authority and tragic seven-year war with France. Around 1.5 million people lost their lives in this war, which is still a cause of conflict with France.


As entertainment, celebratory planes flew above while military vehicles paraded through the heart of Algiers. In celebration and remembrance, warships flooded the city port with photographic displays. The celebrations also featured lectures, sporting events, and concerts.


President Abdelmadjid Tebboune renewed this historic event for this anniversary after previous presidents steered away from the ceremony. It has been 38 years since the last official celebration.


President Tebboune laid a wreath at a memorial site honoring "martyrs of the revolution" to start the festivities. Tebboune also unveiled a brand-new memorial honoring the foreigners who fought for Algeria.


The phrase "One, Two, Three, Long Live Algeria!" was chanted by the crowds as they filled the streets.


Not everyone felt exactly happy on this day. The celebration was criticized by opponents and pro-democracy activists as being unnecessarily elaborate and acting as a distraction. Some people think that the grand march, pardons, and celebrations were all planned to divert attention away from Algeria's current political and economic issues.


No opposition leaders or participants in the 2019 protests that led to the resignation of Tebboune's predecessor Abdelaziz Bouteflika were invited to the festivities.


In a statement, FSS, the oldest opposition group in Algeria, stated that "60 years after independence, we are seeing more disappointments than fulfilled promises. The problems of political instability and economic fragility are the same for us.


Journalist Karin Tabbou, who is currently an active participant in the Hiram prep-democracy movement, has expressed his opinion that the freedom of Algerians is constantly in danger. Tabbou is currently under court supervision after being arrested numerous times for his protests.


Tebboune signed hundreds of pardons for prisoners on Monday, particularly for individuals with minor crimes who are suffering from serious diseases or those who have registered for exams to further their education.


The benefit of "young people prosecuted and detained for having committed acts of assembly and similar actions" being released was mentioned in the presidential statement announcing the pardons.


It is not yet known if the more than 300 Hirak participants and political activists currently being imprisoned in Algerian jails will be included in the list of individuals who have been pardoned. In his speech, Tebboune specifically referred to proposed legislation that calls for the release of political activists as well as jailed journalists.



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