Poll: Algerian protests slogans

I have always considered that Arabs, from Egypt and eastwards, had a sort of gift for slogans. I admit I like watching them in demonstrations supporting the Palestinians and lately in the “Arab Spring”. I don’t know where this gift comes from; I mean the words they choose and the way they chant them create a sort of resonance and push you to react. It may have something to do with the nature of the language, its musicality and perhaps the very reasons they protest for (usually against).

The slogan which I grew up with is definitely the very famous “…بالروح بالدم نفديك يا“, translating as “we sacrifice our souls and blood for…“, which has been associated with so many people and things such as Palestine, Yasser Arafat, Saddam Hussein and more recently Bashar Al Asad. Then you have the recent “الشعب يريد إسقاط النظام“, translating as “the people want to bring down the regime“, which started in Egypt, or was it in Tunisia?
The readers probably know more slogans and they are invited to share them in the comments section.

On the other hand you’ve got the Maghreb and its poor, in my opinion, aptitudes with slogans. The Tunisians gratified us with a “Benali dégage” which was not very poetic though very straight to the point.
But what to say about us Algerians?

I feel Berber and Algerian Arabic are more suited to football-related slogans. My feeling is perhaps linked to the fact we rarely hear political slogans chanted in these languages. Most do indeed use fos’ha and French. But the fos’ha slogans pronounced without the musicality typical to Egyptians or Levant people don’t produce the same effect, and I feel French lacks that power, at least in my ears.

Below is a poll with some of the slogans which had been used by Algerian demonstrators. Let us know which ones you like (liking doesn’t mean approving). An “other” choice is possible and you can share more slogans in the comments section.


12 thoughts on “Poll: Algerian protests slogans

  1. You have omitted one of the most symbolic slogans of the FIS period : “عليها نحيا وعليها نموت وفي سبيلها نجاهد وعليها نلقى الله : لا إله إلا الله “.
    and its popular spoof : “عليها نحيا ونربي اللحية وعليها نموت بعد ما ندبر دار وحانوت”

  2. I think One Two Three Viva l’Algiri is a slogan which pretty much encapsulates moden day Algeria to a T. Not a single word in Arabic/ Algerian, a mixture of different language, a dash of zealous and confused patriotism (not to say chauvinism) …and euh nothing much else.

    • You’re not answering the question algerianna. As far as I know nobody in Algeria protested with 1 2 3 viva l’Algiréééé. But I agree modern day Algeria can be summerized in this weird slogan, unfortunately.

      • Ah protests, well anybody who picks anything other than ‘(Ben Ali DEGAGE)’ is well past their sell by date really 😉 In fact, all variants of DEGAGE win my vote, especially the Egyptian slang word غوووووور which was used in the Egyptian uprise against Mubarak in January 2011.

        • Oh I’ve just realized that I’ve addressed the ‘protests’ bit but not the ‘Algerian’ bit! So the Algerian equivalent of my favorite protests slogans cited above would be something along the lines of ‘ عفففففففففففط ‘ and other equivalents of ‘DEGAGE’.

  3. Il y a un phénomène bizarre qui consiste à perdre toute sa mémoire dès qu’on vous pose une question bien précise. Je parle de moi bien sur mais je crois que je ne suis pas la seule à souffrir de ça… sinon, je ne suis pas d’accord avec toi Mnarvi cette fois-ci, parce qu’à mon avis, les algériens ont le don justement des slogans et des calembours. Je n’en ai aucun à portée de mémoire maintenant, et c’est bien dommage…. les stades de foot sont le lieu de prédilection pour la production de ce genre de “poésie artisanale” 🙂

    • Oumelkheir,
      Yak yqoulou fil ikhtilafi rahma 🙂
      Meme remarque que pour algerianna; je l’ai (presque) dit un peu maladroitement, que les stades sont un lieu de slogans interessants quand ils ne sont pas vulgaires. Mais je parlais des manifestations/protestations organisees dans les rues et la, franchement, ce don pour les calembours et autres n’y est point visible/audible.

      Cela fait au moins dix ans que je n’ai pas entendu 3affat… Il y aurait un equivalent plus fort, mais je ne le dirai pas puisque considere grossier/vulgaire dans certaines parties de notre grand pays et que je reste poli 🙂

      • Oui, d’ailleurs il a été repris sur des affiches (l’année dernière) par des gens qui n’ont même pas compris que ce seul mot pouvait faire fuir les “familles” qui ne pouvaient de ce fait même pas aborder le sujet à table… de là à se joindre au mouvement…. voilà des gens qui ne savent pas dans quel monde ils vivent…. et c’est peut-être pour ça d’ailleurs que les slogans “politiques” chez nous, ne sont pas à la hauteur des chants de stades. Ils sont eux aussi conçus (après un sérieux brain storming je suppose) par des gens “décalés” :-)))
        Je n’ai toujours pas réussi à me souvenir d’un slogan quelconque, pourtant je suis sure que j’en connais quelques-uns…. depuis hier, je fouille dans ma mémoire, mais rien :-/

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