After the failure of the conspiracy theories brandishing the foreign threat card, the Algerian military junta is now targeting the independence movement of Kabylia, known as MAK, which it accuses of having instigated attacks against the demonstrations of Hirak.
The elderly military commanders issued a statement accusing the secular independence movement of planning attacks in order to unleash a crackdown by the authorities and use it to gain international support.
The movement for an independent region of Kabylia, the MAK, responded the same day and challenged the defense ministry to expose the independence activist he accused of having instigated attacks.
In a video, exiled MAK leader Farhat Mhenni said the Algerian regime’s decision will neither frighten nor push pro-independence activists into underground activism.
He underlined the peaceful nature of the movement and its rejection of all kinds of violence as well as its attachment to an independent Kabyle state.
This new desperate attempt to sow fear among Algerians by waving the terrorism map and dismissing the Hirak as a movement instigated by the enemies of Algeria has once again failed to convince.
The Algerian regime has previously attempted to use its statements and media propaganda to discredit the Hirak as a Moroccan plot.
The aging and sick regime has also unsuccessfully attempted to smear the Hirak as a protest movement in the service of extremists and Islamic terrorists.
The dirty game of the army is not fooling anyone. Triggering painful memories of the black decade did not stop the Hirak movement from gaining traction after a halt imposed by the pandemic.
The movement for the self-determination of Kabylia has organized in recent years massive marches in the towns and villages of Kabylia to demand the independence of Algeria.
The bloody events of 2001 in which 125 young people were killed sparked the birth of the movement for the self-determination of the Kabylie region (known by its French acronym MAK) which continues to gain ground among the Kabyles in Algeria and France. where a large diaspora of lives.
Supporters of the independence of Kabylia cite a series of grievances their region witnessed after the independence of Algeria. They accuse the Algerian regime of seeking to eradicate their linguistic and cultural particularities by imposing a policy of Arabization coupled with economic marginalization.
Mhenni helped create a Kabyle Provisional Government in Exile. The movement identifies itself as a pacifist movement seeking autonomy in Algiers as a prelude to the founding of an independent state of Kabylia.
Kabyle independence activists argue that their region was attached by colonial France to an artificial Algerian state and that their historic leaders who fought for independence from France were marginalized along with their region in post-independent Algeria.
Human Rights Watch, EuroMed Rights, Amnesty International and Front Line Defenders condemned in the strongest terms Algeria’s discrimination against the Amazigh (Berber) minority and called for all charges against the detained activists to be dropped. .