Algeria’s amazing mass movement makes gains… — Just World Educational

  • Our translation into English of a list of “18 Commandments of the Pacifist and Civilized Demonstrator” that Algerian journalist, poet, and publisher Lazhari Labter issued in early March, as the protest movement took root. (This was translated from a French version of the list, published in Nouvel Observateur, on March 8.)
  • An authorized translation into English of the political reform program that poet (and thought leader) Amin Khan- also, the participant in our upcoming podcast!- published in “Huffington Post Maghreb” on April 5. (Please note that this version of the translation contains significant corrections from the version erroneously published earlier.)

“The 18 commandments of the pacifist and civilized demonstrator”

  1. I shall walk peacefully and quietly.
  2. I shall behave as a dignified and civilized person will I behave,
  3. I shall carry water and vinegar [to clean the face in case of tear gas, Editor’s note.]
  4. I shall answer no provocation.
  5. I shall isolate and hand over to the police the baltaguias [ the name given to provocateurs paid by the forces in power to create violence.]
  6. Not a stone will I throw.
  7. Not a window will I break.
  8. Not a word out of place shall I speak.
  9. I shall not touch people or property.
  10. To the policeman and the gendarme, I shall smile.
  11. To the woman, I will offer a rose.
  12. With the thirsty, I will share my water.
  13. Old people, women, and children, I will watch over.
  14. I shall march with determination.
  15. I shall go through wind and storms.
  16. I shall be a worthy heir to the Novembrists [the Algerian independence activists who launched the anti-colonial insurrection on November 1, 1954.]
  17. After the march, I will clean the streets and squares.
  18. To the world watching me, I shall provide a lesson and a great example.

For the democratic transition

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Veteran analyst of global affairs, with a focus on the Middle East. Senior Fellow, Ctr for International Policy. Fuller bio at my Wikipedia page.

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Veteran analyst of global affairs, with a focus on the Middle East. Senior Fellow, Ctr for International Policy. Fuller bio at my Wikipedia page.

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