BouteflikaDRS vs. CNCD, a boring game

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…


17 thoughts on “BouteflikaDRS vs. CNCD, a boring game

  1. Who are those morons in the video?

    I hope they read my comment.

    I am not gonna split hairs anymore arguing about Algeria’s future, unfortunately the brains of our youths have been conditioned to be the way they are now.

    • I am not gonna split hairs anymore arguing about Algeria’s future

      Let me know if you stick to this decision. I personally can’t.

      Wonder why the guys in the video ma3amrouleksh 3inek…

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  3. The numbers I cited were from AFP/AP and Algerian websites; I am trying to reserve my comment until we have more information. I am skeptical of all large numbers but outside the country we must rely on the sources we get while being rational. I have been told by friends that there were a few thousand or many thousands but they vary widely depending on who you ask (especially on their political persuasion).

    I generally agree where the comparisons to other countries’ political and social systems are concerned. There is a lot of euphoria and not enough looking at the Algerian situation as is (especially the opposition’s position and character). Many people forget that Algeria has its own context and the regime has a different experience and background from a lot of the other Arab regimes. We must balance our hope for change with the Algerian reality: the situation for sure is bleak and Algerian needs something more than a “color revolution” or a glorified coup like we hear people talking about.

    • Such marches in the capital won’t gather many people so long as the people of Algiers do not move. The RCD and co. (doing exactly the same as Bouteflika during his campaigns) wanted to bring supporters from other cities. To those who had doubts, the RCD is nothing outside of Kabylia and would be close to nothing in Kabylia itself had the Algerian rulers known how to properly address the Kabyles’ cultural demands…

  4. In algeria people work independently so the corruption and the bribe occur independently without the presidents knowing(in the black decade used all of the military resources to fight terrorism and allowed corruption to persist in contrast in tunisia and Egypt it is bottom down (both of them were either military or security men
    I do not know the character of Bouteflika I do not know whether he will honor his promises

    we do need reforms and way to bust corruption
    we should get rid of the presidential third
    governors and appointments should be conformed by the legislative
    make no mistake some fraction of the country will try to use this opportunity to increase their standing

  5. I don’t understand how we appear to be gullible, and believe anyone who says we will give you freedom…freedom from who…Who are these people who are arranging these demo’s…what is their goal…look back at the late 80’s go figure…why we spent the 90’s killing one another for what ? Democracy…, just because people duped gullible and people who had no idea what democracy meant…
    The same scenario is being used again by the segregationist (Kabilie and Mzab). Kabily in particular uses every mean to push on the rest of the committed Algerian Kabiles their masters ‘voice we know who they are…
    In my view these demo’s are just another vehicle to bring the 90’s, and for separatist, freros, illiterate technocrats and politicians, to exploit the population to achieve their vicious objective.
    Wake up and work in common goal to have a better Algeria, and don’t listen to those who push you to front and they hide in the background until time is right and then they push you back down again…. and then we will start all over again democracy…
    We may be poor, Arab, but we are proud to leave in an inclusive Algeria regardless of ethnicity or religion.
    Our key problem is corruption not Bouteff. The corruption is with the technocrats, the admin, comme on dit le pouvoir….if we find a solution we will save Algeria, there is no point in changing the head if the limbs, heart and lungs remain the same…that is what happened to Egypt and Tunisia. We need to do the reverse…
    May we all see such day.

  6. Said Saadi is the wrong person trying to do the right thing on the wrong time, himself reckon that by saying; I am living in the wrong time and with the wrong society.

    He his doing what Belhaj and Abassi had done in the early 90s, where the population had paid heavy price after things had gone out of hand through manipulation.

    Firstly he must upgrade his party from local to national and take a while or so, as the learning process needs always time to catch up what means nationalism, then and only then, he may start to think in how to persuade Algerian population on a national scale.

    I am pretty sure some external opportunists will try to exploit him as they did with Abassi/ Belhaj movement in the 90s. I hope Algerian nation wouldn’t allow again anther dark decade.

  7. Sometimes it appears to me, as if we’re the only country in the world who have security services and a regime and generals!
    Most of us seem to look for a change without actually changing ourselves, well this is almost the case of every single individual without generalising.

    Maybe because we have this tendency to generalise too much and act as relays without actually knowing the facts.

    Logic is what we lack most and of course our dynamic memory that needs to be refreshed every time someone needs to point to the obvious.

    • Sometimes it appears to me, as if we’re the only country in the world who have security services and a regime and generals!

      Though I somewhat agree with your last statements, I do not share the quoted one. It’s like you’re denying the issues Algeria has with the DRS and the generals and Bouteflika and all those around them… This would be just blindness. You talk of memory to be refreshed; I think eyes also need to be cleaned!

      • I’m not denying anything, it’s just my way for saying that Algeria doesn’t exist in bubble.

        The fact is that there is an ongoing struggle between world powers, in terms of economic and strategic interests, which we seem to ignore or avoid to mention as if it doesn’t play any role whatsoever in the internal events and decisions.

        We always fail to acknowledge that secret services around the planet are not playing crosswords but a different game, and as long as “we” naively just act like routers and play a part of an ongoing deception, we’re bound to remain as blind observers as you rightly said it ( I think eyes also need to be cleaned!)

        Best regards

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  9. I’m coming from the future to tell you that sad things will happen !
    I think it is all about “planned ignorance”

    Thanks for the article

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