Odious Massacres Of 8th May 1945 By Colonial France Before Hague Court
The President of the Association May 8th 1945, Abdelhamid Selakdji announced the preparation of a complaint to be filed against the perpetrators of the May 8, 1945 odious massacres that killed thousands of Algerians.
The Association’s president told local Radio in Sétif that two complaints will be lodged with the Human Rights Commission in Brussels and the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague.
“We have a list of the perpetrators of these heinous massacres, namely General Deval and Colonel Bourdila and others …”, Abdelhamid Selakdji said.
For his part, the historian and researcher, Moussa Louseif, considered that the horrendous massacres of May 8th, 1945 were an important milestone in the history of the Algerian nationalist movement, as it represented a turning point from the political struggle to the armed struggle.
He added that preparations were made in complete secrecy for those peaceful demonstrations by the Islamic Scouts, the Association of Muslim Scholars and the rest of the members of the national movement, especially the People’s Party, despite the forces that the French colonialist had recruited to thwart them.
Whereas researcher Rabah Karidi considered that the pictures of the terrible massacres that took place in the regions of Sétif, Guelma and Kherrata during the tragic events of May 8, 1945 could not be forgotten because the crime could not die by prescription.
He pointed out that these pictures showed the world that France, which claims the values of freedom and equality, had a societal project, which was to compel the Algerian people to turn into a European society with Catholic dimensions and change the geographical map of Algeria.