Source: Alger Républicain, June 8, 1945;
Translated: for marxists.org by Mitch Abidor;
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A month after the events in Setif, the Communist and Socialist parties in Algiers issued a common appeal.
The Socialist and Communist Parties, meeting on June 7, 1945, bow before the victims fallen in the Department of Constantine during the events of May 8,1945.
They declare themselves to be in agreement in demanding that those responsible for these sad events be sought and severely punished, no matter how highly placed they might be.
They also call for the punishment of any unjustified act of repression that touched the innocent.
They denounce the activities of fascist agitators who attempt by any and all means to separate Muslims and Europeans in this country.
More particularly, they denounce the maneuvers that tend:
The Socialist and Communist Parties vigorously protest the motion of the European Section of the Financial Delegations that call for the suppression of democratic liberties and the creation of civic guards based on Hitler’s S.S.
It puts the two Algerian populations — European and Muslim — on guard against fascism’s new attempt to create two blocs opposed to each other in Algeria for the sole profit of those who — be they European or Muslim — impose their will on the country.
The Socialist and Communist parties declare that they will oppose with all their strength any act that will tend towards the separation of Algeria from the metropole, because the greatest interest of the Algerian populations is that it remains united to the people of France in the common struggle against the agents of the trusts and of fascism.
Consequently, they call for:
The Communist and Socialist parties urgently appeal to all democrats so that, in spite of difficulties and provocations, the fraternal union of Europeans and Muslims be reinforced, a union indispensable in order that the Algeria of tomorrow be worthy of the NEW FRANCE, for the advent of which the people have agreed to so many sacrifices.
For the Algiers Region branch of the Communist Party
For the Algiers federation of the Socialist Party