Abdelmadjid Chikhi: “It’s Time To Hold France Accountable For Its Crimes, Recover The Archive”
Targeting Algeria was not born today because of its power and its special place among the nations, which generated hatred among the enemies who hunt any opportunity or occasion to strike its stability, Abdelmadjid Chikhi, the advisor to the President of the Republic in charge of the National Archives and Memory, said.
During his supervision of the opening of the regional seminar hosted by the city of Guelma (eastern Algeria), on Sunday morning, with the participation of six other cities in eastern Algeria, namely Constantine, Annaba, Skikda, Tebessa, El Tarf and Soukahras, under the title of “national memory and its role in achieving and protecting national unity”, Chikhi asserted that the President of the Republic Abdelmadjid Tebboune decided to designate the date of May 8 as a national day of memory to preserve the history of Algeria in all its stages.
“Time has come to rewrite the history of this nation with scientific methods and give it the necessary space that is appropriate for it through various educational platforms and stages, to be passed on through generations”, he added.
In his speech to the attendees at the works of this symposium, Abdelmadjid Chikhi explained that colonial France spared no effort and for a long time to obliterate the identity of the Algerian people and steal their cultural and scientific heritage, and now is the time to recover this archive that represents the history and memory of the Algerian people who wrote with the blood of martyrs, and to hold France accountable for its crimes, which will remain a stigma on its colonial history.
The regional seminar was attended by officials of public authorities across the eastern cities, directors from the sectors of religious affairs, education, culture, mujahideen (war veterans), professors and researchers in history in eastern Algeria.