Sunday, July 11, 2010

#351 Algeria...Thanks Omar!

This FDC was issued on May 8,2010 commemorating 65th Anniv. of Massacres in Sétif and Guelma.

The initial outbreak occurred on the morning of May 8, 1945, the same day that Nazi Germany surrendered in World War II,in and around the Algerian market town of Setif located to the west of Constantine.. The riots in the town itself were followed by attacks on French colons (settlers) in the surrounding countryside resulting in 103 deaths. Subsequent reprisals by French authorities and vigilantes are estimated to have caused much greater numbers of deaths amongst the Muslim population of the region. Both the outbreak and the indiscriminate nature of its repression are believed to have marked a turning point in Franco-Algerian relations.

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