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Algeria asks France to admit violence
Published May 9,2005
Algiers ,May 8
President Abdelaziz Bouteflika asked France in a speech published Sunday to admit its part in what he called the massacres of 45,000 Algerians who took to the streets to demand independence on May 8,1945 as Europe celebrated victory over Nazi Germany.
Algeria is commemorating the 60th anniversary of the repression of pro-independence demonstrators under French col
onial rule as Europeans are celebrating the end of World War II in Europe.
"The paradox of the massacres of May 8,1945 is that when the heroic Algerian combatants returned from the fronts in Europe, Africa and elsewhere where they they defended France's honor and interests, "Mr Bouteflika said in the speech, "the French administration fired on peaceful demonstrators." The speech given in the city of Setif on saturday was published by Algeria's state media.
French colonial forces mounted an air and ground offensive that lasted for several days against several eastern cities, particularly Setif and Guelma, in response to independence demonstrations.The Algerian government says the french offensive left 45,000 people dead.European historians put the figure at 15,000 to 20,000.
France ruled Algeria from 1830 until 1962.