Subversive Historian – 10/17/08

The Massacre of Algerians in Paris by Subversive Historian Gabriel San Roman

Forty-seven years ago on this day in people’s history, French police and Special Forces massacred hundreds of demonstrating Algerians in Paris. On October 17th, 1961, approximately thirty-thousand protestors took to the streets to demand an end to an 8:30 p.m. curfew imposed solely on them. Upon the orders of French Police Prefect Maurice Papon, 7,000 of his forces violently descended on the crowd. As bodies piled up in the streets of the city of light, thousands of Algerians were also arrested and taken into custody where there were further reports of death. Taking place in the context of the Algerian War, the media in France, for the most part, unfortunately reported the downplayed official story of the massacre as did many other Western outlets. And it was only until ten years ago that the French government acknowledged but forty of the deaths that occurred during the crackdown.

The truth itself seemingly remains yet another victim of the massacre the powerful would prefer to be forgotten.


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