300 Algerians killed, French parliament condemns “1961 Paris massacre”

France’s parliament has approved a non-binding proposal condemning the “Paris Massacre of 1961,” calling for a day commemorating the massacre in which more than 300 Algerians were killed to be included in National Day and official celebrations.

France’s National Assembly (first chamber) on Thursday approved a resolution condemning the 1961 Paris massacre, in which more than 300 Algerians were killed.

The National Assembly debated a project aimed at recognizing and condemning the “genocide” in which more than 300 Algerian demonstrators were killed in the capital Paris on October 17, 1961.

The Diet adopted this one-article bill with a majority vote of 67 votes in favor and 11 votes against.

The non-binding proposal states that Algerian families organized a peaceful demonstration on October 17, 1961 to protest authorities’ imposition of a curfew on “French-Algerian Muslims.” It has been stated.

The motion condemned the “Paris Massacre of 1961” and recalled that protesters in Algeria were subjected to severe and deadly pressure from police on the orders of Maurice Papon, then chief of the Paris police. .

The proposal also called for the anniversary of the 1961 Paris Massacre to be included in the country’s national day and official celebrations.

After this proposal is approved by the National Assembly, it will be debated in the Senate (the second chamber of the National Assembly).

Paris Massacre 1961

On October 17, 1961, French police, on orders from the Babun, attacked a peaceful demonstration by thousands of Algerians who had taken to the streets calling for their country’s independence.

Witnesses to the massacre said police deliberately killed hundreds of demonstrators on the streets and in metro stations, and threw scores of injured people from bridges into the Seine to their deaths. This massacre became known as the “Paris 1961” massacre. .

Algerian media described what happened on the night of October 17, 1961 as “a real massacre of defenseless innocent people that continued until after the night of October 17, when dozens of demonstrators were shot dead. “He was beaten and then thrown into the Seine.” ” Many of them went to prison. ”

She said the number of victims reached “hundreds of dead, in addition to thousands of injured and missing. Meanwhile, testimonies of those who escaped death indicate that dozens of people died in the waters of the Seine.” It depicts a horrifying scene of floating bodies, demonstrating unprecedented brutality.” . ”

France acknowledged that 40 people were killed in demonstrations in 1998, but has not yet recognized the massacre as a “national crime.”

In October 2021, the French Presidency confirmed for the first time that around 12,000 Algerians had been arrested and transferred to selection centers such as the Coubertin Stadium and the Sports Palace. Dozens of people were killed and their bodies thrown into the Seine.

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