On Sunday, Algeria commemorates the 67th anniversary of the historic eight-day strike, which is considered a turning point in the history of the liberation revolution, as it demonstrated to the entire world the cohesion of the Algerian people with its revolutionary leadership and constituted a devastating blow to France’s colonial plans.
This historic strike, called by the Coordination and Implementation Committee of the National Liberation Front and entrusted with the task of preparing it to the leaders of the six states, was a difficult test that the Algerian people passed with full ability and through which they confirmed their attachment to the National Liberation Front as their sole legitimate representative.
This strike, which lasted from January 28 to February 4, 1957, also drew the attention of world opinion to the struggle that the Algerians are waging, as it is the cause of an entire people, which had positive repercussions on the development of the course of the liberation revolution thanks to popular support for it, thus shattering the image that French propaganda had attempted. He painted it by promoting what was happening as merely an internal crisis.
This event also shed light on the tragic reality that the Algerian people were experiencing under the pressure of the French occupation and the repressive methods that it was using, which allowed for the opening of discussion on the Algerian issue in the corridors of the United Nations, which accordingly included it within the framework of the right of peoples to self-determination.
The eight-day strike also came to embody the most important items of the Fasting Conference, which stipulated the necessity of activating popular support and employing it for the benefit of the revolution, which is what actually happened, as the response to it went beyond the borders of the country and included France, Tunisia, and Morocco in a unified position that eliminated the attempts of the French occupation to isolate the revolution from the people.
In the face of this heroic popular steadfastness, which embodied the famous saying of the martyr Larbi Ben M’hidi, “Throw the revolution into the street and the people will embrace it,” the French occupation forces showed all their barbarism and resorted to killing, destroying the strikers’ property, and raiding their homes in an attempt to encircle and break the strike.
In this regard, historians confirm that the colonial authorities arrested dozens of Algerians, killed them, and placed 7,000 others in camps, in addition to carrying out extensive combing operations and isolating several neighborhoods with barbed wire.
Despite all this, this brutal policy did not undermine the spirit of solid resistance among the Algerians, which was clear in all the historical events that followed this strike, such as the demonstrations of December 11, 1960 and others.
As a result of this endless support expressed by the Algerian people of all stripes towards their revolutionary leadership, the Algerian cause was able to achieve its greatest political victories at the international level, as the strike coincided with the United Nations General Assembly holding its 11th session, during which a resolution was issued stipulating the classification of the Algerian cause. Among the issues to which the principles of the United Nations Charter relating to the right to self-determination apply.
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