Abdurrezak Kasum, President of the Algerian Scholars Union, wrote an article in the newspaper El-Basair, the publication organ of the Algerian Scholars Union, rejecting Macron’s accusations that the Turks were colonialists in Algeria, referring to the Ottoman period.
Profit, “The Ottomans did not come to Algeria as colonial invaders, on the contrary, they came with the invitation of the Algerians against the Spanish Crusade attacks. The Ottomans are not accused of death and destruction. During the Ottoman period, Algerians were content with their lives, they did not plunder the wealth of Algerians.” used the phrases.
Pointing out that the Ottomans did not impose their own language in Algeria, Kasum said that the Ottoman Empire did not interfere with the religion, language and belief of the local people in Algeria.
“French colonialism is a source of misery and hatred”
Kasum called for the termination of commercial relations with French companies, stating that Algerians describe French colonialism as “the father of tragedy, the source of misery and hatred”.
French President Macron’s accusatory statements against Algeria in the newspaper Le Monde on Saturday, October 2, increased the tension between the two countries.
Macron’s statements drew backlash
Macron claimed that a military-political system prevailed in Algeria and that the official history of the country was completely rewritten, not based on facts and built on hostility to France.
“The construction of Algeria as a nation is a phenomenon to watch. Was there an Algerian nation before the French colony? That’s the question. (in Algeria) There were colonies before. I was fascinated by Turkey’s ability to completely forget the role it played in Algeria and the domination it established. and explaining that we are the only colonizers, that’s great. Algerians believe that.”
“An unacceptable insult”
Thereupon, in a written statement from the Algerian Presidency, Macron’s statements were described as “an unacceptable insult to the memory of more than 5 million martyrs who resisted French colonialism” and condemned.
It was announced that Algerian President Abdulmecid Tebboune immediately recalled his country’s ambassador to Paris, Mohammed Anter Davud, for consultation, and that Algerian airspace was closed to French military aircraft.