Friday, July 07, 2006

Update - The Oran Commemoration

Two days ago Galliawatch published an article on the massacre that took place in the Algerian city of Oran on July 5, 1962. The annual commemoration ceremonies had, this year, provoked an angry protest from the Communist newspaper L'Humanité and from Muslim organizations such as MRAP, because of the permission that was accorded to ALLO, one of the organizers of the event, to light the eternal flame under the Arc of Triumph in Paris. Here is a follow-up, by Yves Daoudal, on what happened at the ceremonies. The photo is from a French government website.

Under pressure from the Communists, Interior Minister Nicolas Sarkozy and Minister of Veterans Hamlaoui Mekachera, forbade the laying of a wreath at the Arc of Triumph in memory of the martyrs of Oran. It's an historic first. Even the Nazis did not act like this. The Association of Alumni of Lamorcière High School (ALLO), that each year commemorates the hundreds of people (some sources say 3000) massacred on July 5, 1962 (while the French army remained in its barracks under orders from General de Gaulle), had obtained authorization from the Committee of the Flame to lay a wreath this year at the tomb of the Unknown Soldier and to light the flame. The president of ALLO, Jean-Pierre Rondeau, had informed the various associations of Algerian Frenchmen, who, in turn, spread the news on their websites for their members and sympathizers. He had agreed to all the conditions asked of him: no signs, no slogans, no speeches, no mention of any organization except ALLO.

Mouloud Aounit, president of MRAP, along with the League of Human Rights, then mounted a campaign, dutifully reported by L'Humanité, denouncing this demonstration and wrongfully calling it a "reunion of those who have a nostalgia for the OAS." Mouloud Aounit wrote to Minister Mekachera to request a ban on laying the wreath, a request that included the threat of a counter-demonstration, at the same time and at the same place, to express their "revolt against the insult of such a vindictive demonstration."

L'Humanité published two articles on July 3 and 4, signed by Rosa Moussaoui (a leader of the Young Communist Movement and a member of the Communist Party Congress), that supported MRAP and addressed the Minister of Veterans. The first of the two articles also appeared, unaltered, in the Algerian paper Le Soir.

On July 4 at 7:00 p.m., the spokesman for the prefect of Paris informed Jean-Pierre Rondeau that he would receive the next day (that is, the day the wreath was to be laid) a notice banning the demonstration, on grounds it would create a public disturbance!

Two hours later, General Combette, president of the Committee of the Flame, also contacted Jean-Pierre Rondeau, to tell him that Mekachera's office had banned the ceremony, at least on that particular day, "a postponement due to the soccer match" (sic) that would result in huge crowds on the Champs-Elysées...He would be notified the next day.

Jean-Pierre Rondeau then contacted a lawyer to launch an appeal to the administrative tribunal the minute he received the notification. But by 5 o'clock in the morning, nothing had happened. Later, there was still no notification. At 5:30 p.m., Jean-Pierre Rondeau went to General Gombette's command post. On the way he passed a barrier composed of CRS (specialized riot police), whose cars were parked at every entrance to the Place de l'Etoile, and observed that the subterranean passages were filled with military personnel. The general showed him the decree from the prefect of Paris banning the demonstration lest it "create unrest," (even though the only trouble-makers were Mouloud Aounit and L'Humanité), and a letter informing him of the possible "ways to obtain a postponement or an appeal." The decree had never been transmitted to Jean-Pierre Rondeau for fear that he would, in fact, exercise his right to appeal...

When he came out, Jean-Pierre Rondeau saw that tourists had been removed from the main platform. He joined the many people who had come for the ceremony and who were held back by the CRS outside of the perimeter. After singing the Song of the Africans, the victims of Sarkozy and Aounit observed a minute of silence in memory of the Frenchmen massacred in Algeria. While this was going on, there was another historic first: the president of the Committee of the Flame and a few old soldiers lit the flame, with no public present, and without the laying of the wreath. For, as Jean-Pierre Rondeau said, Minister Mekachera "had not even taken the trouble to provide some kind of substitute for the gestures he had prohibited."

The participants stayed there for almost two hours. There was not even the shadow of a counter-demonstration...And then, cars displaying the Algerian flag, to celebrate the French soccer team even before the game had taken place, began to drive through the streets of Paris...

Note: thanks to a reader for clarifying the meaning of PC (command post). I made the correction in the text, and eliminated footnote.

And here is another eyewitness account from Georges Clément of the Lepanto Committee, transmitted by Via-Resistancia.

Champs-Elysées, 5:30 in the afternoon. A warm sun, a crowd of third-world tourists dressed like hobos, and a group of Frenchmen of another age, recognizable by their "proper" dress as we used to say.

They certainly didn't have to show their ID's to be barred from the Arc of Triumph, the crime of having a decent-looking face is enough...

In front of the entrance there is a stream of gendarmes. Unperturbed, they prohibit access to the Flame.

Islamo-Leftists and Islamo-Gaullists had struck. L'Humanité is not subsidized by the State and by the business magnates for nothing: it monitors any demonstration of patriotism or commemoration of massacres that took place in pre-1962 Algeria with the jealousy of an executioner for his pile of bodies, as he watches for the slightest sign of life so that he may extinguish it with a bullet in the head. Indeed, any display of patriotism is sectarian by nature, therefore racist by destiny. And all racists must be exterminated, as the Jews were, and the Armenians and...the bourgeois.

The survivors of Oran, grouped in front of the monument to the Great Army, cried, sang, and then dispersed without lighting the flame or placing flowers for their assassinated dead. They went on their way in both rage and refinement, because as Europeans, in the furnace of that summer in Oran forty years ago, they will not have the right to join the circle of martyrs of France.

Of course, I was able to compare this to other events, since I had witnessed the unthinkable on a cold day last December 2005: the absence of an "official" to represent the French government under the Arc of Triumph on the day we celebrated the victory of courageous men and their emperor at Austerlitz, 200 years ago.

The inscriptions of their deeds were not forbidden to those of us who remembered, but we were led to understand that we were not welcome there, that we did not represent France, and that one day, no doubt, the names of the victories and the generals would be erased from those gloriously engraved stones.

France is no longer in France, and the "French" are a people of ancient history.

We are witnessing treason by our elite, a renunciation by the people, a form of collective conversion that excludes all of our past glories, whatever they may be, because to admit them is sacrilege.

We will be like the people of Vendée in 1793, in their cellars, where they celebrated the forbidden Mass. Like them, we will fold up our eagles and our altars, close our eyes to what is in our hearts in order to survive. For France is no more.

And if proof of this mutation, by French leaders, into Islamo-globalization were needed, one would only have to look at this fact: at the very moment, on the very avenue, that they forbade the commemoration of the ethnic cleansing of Oran 1962 on the pretext of "public disturbance," a violent anti-Israeli demonstration was in progress with the approval of the authorities. Flags and slogans insulted the Israelis and the Jews for daring to use their army to hunt down terrorists who bomb their cities, kill their children and kidnap their soldiers.

The only thing missing from the French flag is a crescent and a star to conform to the political reality and to let the people know on which side their country's nuclear arsenal is on: the side of the terrorists.

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At July 10, 2006 3:44 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

in military and police parlance
"poste de commandement"

It could also be "poste de controle" if its some kind of roadblock.

At July 10, 2006 10:30 AM, Blogger tiberge said...

@ anonymous

Many thanks. "Office" didn't sound right, because they met somewhere under the Arc of Triumph. I will change the translation to read "command post".


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