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The return of the martyr’s remains was a new victory for Algeria’s colonial resistance

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Last week, the skulls of 24 freedom fighters were returned to Algeria by the French government. The 24 men were killed in 1849 during the French colonial occupation of Algeria (1830-1962) and their heads were taken to Paris as trophies. They were found in a museum in the French capital and President Emmanuel Macron agreed to their return to Algeria two years ago.

The arrival of the remains on Algerian soil was a moment of great pride for the people of the North African country. Although many massacres and atrocities were carried out throughout the French occupation, the Algerian resistance never wavered. The French thought that the Algerians would forget a little bit of France’s dark history in Algeria, but they didn’t, and the return of the remains was a new victory for that resistance.

The Algerian people believed unequivocally that they would be victorious eventually; that it was inevitable. However, that victory came about through effort and many........

© Middle East Monitor