Minister of Mujahideen or War Veterans Tayeb Zitouni on Sunday urged the two chambers of the Algerian parliament to resurrect the project to criminalize the brutal French colonialism in Algeria.
On the sidelines of his field visit to Ghardaia province in southern Algeria, Mr. Zitouni said that he “sends an appeal to the National People’s Assembly and the Council of the Nation to open the burning file of criminalizing the harsh French colonialism once again”.
The Minister of the Mujahideen stated that “it is time to open the file of criminalization of French colonialism,” referring to the Speaker of the Council of the Nation Salah Goudjil who was the companion of the martyr hero Mustapha Ben Boulaid during the national liberation war.
In a related context, the Minister of the Mujahideen said that the number of martyrs savagely killed by France reached more than 8 million martyrs, saying: “We still count the heinous crimes of France and we have not finished yet,” stressing that “Algeria has files related to the archives of the revolution from France which have not yet been retrieved by the Algerian side, adding that we received only 2 percent of them in spite of the promises to this effect made by the French president Emmanuel Macron”.
The Minister of the Mujahideen, Tayeb Zitouni, revealed the suspension of negotiations with the French authorities to retrieve the skulls of the martyrs of the leaders of the Algerian resistance, and the relevant Algerian archives are still being held by France.
He said: “France claims to be a country of rights and humanity, except we have the skulls of martyrs over a century old and they haven’t been delivered yet, despite all the manifold measures taken in this regard”.
Mr. Tayeb Zitouni finally said Algeria had submitted a written request to France, which was signed by “him personally and by former Foreign Minister Abdelkader Messahel.”