The first thing I did when I started this blog was to add “Algeria” and “Algérie” in the tag surfer of the blog’s dashboard. I can tell you that there are very few WordPress blogs with these two tags and very often the tag surfer page is empty.
There was just one occurrence when many blogs had mentioned Algeria, and that was around the 2010 World Cup, because Algeria was to play against England and the USA.
A second occurrence started these past weeks with the uprisings/revolts of Egypt and Tunisia. Plenty of blogs tag “Algeria”, and all were looking forward to this day. It’s not the World Cup but many men and women had a sudden interest in our country as they had decided it was Next in the list after Tunisia and Egypt.
The messages on Twitter are similar and everybody’s forwarding news reports, rumours, etc.
I found it funny that people who hadn’t heard of Algeria before or say who had no interest in the country suddenly started talking of our revolt (and perhaps even planning it) and comparing Algeria to our Arab brethren. Their ignorance of the differences in demographics, society, political ecosystem, history didn’t prevent them from hoping for a revolt and Bouteflika leaving to Oujda or to Doha. Too many romantics who must be very disappointed now that the CNCD has stopped the demonstration after only 1h. But I am sure, very excited as they are, they will very quickly forget about us and turn to Yemen, Jordan or Morocco.
Those who read my posts on here do probably know my opinion about the Algerian regime (Bouteflika and DRS alike) and the “opposition”, and they probably understand why I am not all excited about today’s demonstration. I am watching the news on the ENTV and they just said that the marchers didn’t march because it was forbidden by the law, and that there were about 250 demonstrators in Algiers. Other sources say they were around 2,000 and The Moor next door talks of thousands if not tens of thousands. Remember that between 20,000 and 30,000 policemen were gathered in the Algerian capital. (that’s for my report on the event)
I thought of this as a footy game because of the tag surfer’s I mentioned above but also because of the below video where you can see pro-Bouteflika chanting slogans more suitable for stadiums. I wonder why they didn’t call Torino and Milano for some songs…
At the end of the video, note the slogan “dawla islamiya bla ma nvotiw”. It’s the best illustration of the absence of any political conscience within many of our youths…