Independence day

Today is the 47th anniversary of Algeria’s independence.

In a referendum held on July 1, 1962 Algerians voted en masse (over 91%) for  independence. The results were announced on July 3, but the Algerian government retained July 5 as independence day to match July 5, 1830 when Algiers fell to the invading French troops. In recent years the celebration of  this anniversary has been rather subdued. The most notable announcement this year is that Algeria now has its first female general.  On Saturday, Fatma-Zohra Ardjoun, department head at the military hospital in Ain Naadja has been promoted to the rank of general.

G__n__ral_Ardjoun_F_Zohra_920778424

Google celebrated the event with a special Google doodle on its Google.dz site:

google_algeria09

In Algeria, the opening of the Panafrican festival was the main event.  According to news reports(in French), the Algerian president missed the opening ceremony. This follows his canceling of the traditional independence day speech that was scheduled at the ministry of defense on Saturday(report in French).
Some videos, courtesy of  lekabyle45:
The opening ceremony:

Cesaria Evora, the headliner on this first evening:

And a reading by the French-Algerian actress Isabelle Adjani:

Advertisements

Leave a comment

Filed under Arts, Current events

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s