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Algeria: March 8 demonstrator beaten up and arrested

Thursday 12 March 2015, by siawi3

March 12

Our friend Cherifa Kheddar, President of Djazairouna, the Association of Victims of Islamist Terror in Algeria, was assaulted by police and arrested along with several other members of her organization while trying to demonstrate in front of the Central Post Office on international women’s day in Algiers bearing the names of women killed by the fundamentalist armed groups in Algeria in the 1990s (including her own sister, the lawyer Leila Kheddar).

Cherifa was released later the same day, though she still has some serious bruises. She was told by the police no longer to use the phrase “Islamist terrorist”.

Here is the English translation of a statement Cherifa sent on March 11; the original French was posted earlier (see below)

“On the occasion of March 8, I received a very special gift. I was arrested this Sunday March 8 for having organized a peaceful demonstration in memory of the women victims of terrorism (who were raped and assassinated). The authorities are now denying even the right to memory. I was beaten, insulted and called every possible vulgar and rude name in the interior of the police station in Cavaignac [trans: in Algiers]. I received the first blow while still in front of the Central Post Office, and from the police commander of this station. I was freed that night. All this simply for having displayed a banner showing the list of women victims.” Cherifa Kheddar

Below are some clippings about this event from the Algerian press in French, that were already posted on siawi.org

· Algérie : La police d’Alger fête le 8 mars sur le dos de Cherifa Kheddar
11 mars, par siawi3
Témoignage de Cherifa Kheddar après son arrestation : ’Les autorités nous dénient même le droit àla mémoire. ’ “J’ai été arrêtée, tabassée, insultée et traitée de tous les noms vulgaires, et grossiers”, “rien que pour avoir déployé des banderoles portant la liste de femmes victimes” des terroristes islamistes.

· L’Algérie qui résiste : Conséquences de la ’Charte de Réconciliation".
11 mars, par siawi3
“Un officier m’a conseillé de faire des tee shirt et les porter de temps en temps pour faire passer mon message au profit de la mémoire, en évitant d’énerver les autorités et les islamistes. On m’a conseillé aussi de ne plus dire ’terroriste islamiste’.”

· Algérie : 8 mars 2015 - La féministe et défenseure des droits humains, Cherifa Kheddar, passée àtabac au commissariat de Cavignac, Alger.
11 mars, par siawi3
Figure du combat républicain, de la résistance àla théocratie islamiste, Cherifa Kheddar a été tabassée, le 8 mars 2015, dans un commissariat algérois par des policiers trop oublieux pour se souvenir de leur dette àl’égard de cette femme courage.

· Algérie : Interpellation d’une féministe anti intégriste le 8 mars.
9 mars, par siawi3
En Algérie, on n’a toujours pas le droit de mentionner les victimes du terrorisme.