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The Weight of the Armband

Photo by Nick Castonguay

Photo by Nick Castonguay

The Weight of the Armband

 
Sitting in 5 Juillet, a charming Algerian coffee shop located in Montreal’s Little Maghreb, TIFO met with football-loving activist Badredine Djahnine to discuss the its role in Algeria’s fight against oppression.
 
 

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These days, passionate men are hard to find. Even more so are those who put their ideas into action. Badredine Djahnine is one of these rare combinations. He tried to build a utopian society where equality prevailed in a
tumultuous post-colonial Algeria.

 

“I was a member of the Socialist Algerian Worker’s
Party, specifically in its political office. I was one of the founding members. It was in 1989, or really after
the events of October fifth.” On 5 October 1988,
Algeria’s youth took to the streets to protest against the single-party system. “We wanted to wake up the people and show them that we needed to work together to claim what was rightfully ours.” The military and protestors clashed, leaving hundreds dead. 

 

“It was a latent civil war — a vicious war. It was unclear how participants were involved. But the people were too scattered and oblivious to act.” President Chadli Ben-
djedid started to transition to a multi-party democratic system, but the military stopped elections in December 1991, which sparked the Algerian Civil War in 1992...


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Gli uomini appassionati sono sempre più rari al giorno d’oggi. E altrettanto coloro che hanno messo le loro idee in azione. Badredine Djahnine è uno di queste rare combinaz
ioni.
Ha tentato di costruire una società utopica in cui pre-vale l’uguaglianza in una tumultuosa Algeria post-coloniale.

 

“Facevo parte del Partito Socialista dei Lavoratori dAlgeria, precisamente dell’ufficio politico... Ero stato parte del nucleo fondatore. Era il 1989, ovvero dopo gli eventi del 5 ottobre 1988.” Il 5 ottobre, la gioventù algerina ha manifestato contro il sistema del partito unico. “Volevamo risvegliare il popolo e dimostrare che bisognava lavorare insieme per rivendicare ciò che era nostro di diritto.” Ci sono stati scontri con i militari, che hanno provocato centinaia di morti. 

 

“E ‘stata una guerra civile latente”, ha immediatamente corretto. “Una guerra feroce. Non era chiaro come i partecipanti furono coinvolti. Il popolo non era unito ed era troppo inco-
sciente per organizzarsi.” Presidente Chadli Bendjedid ha iniziato la transizione verso un sistema democratico multipartitico, ma i militari fermarono le elezioni nel dicembre 1991, scatenando la guerra civile Algerina nel 1992...

 
 

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