Algeria 1960

The 121

Source: La Vérité des Travailleurs, #111, December 1960;
Translated: for by Mitchell Abidor;
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New Administrative Suspension

M. Lacombe, professor in the science faculty at Lille, signatory of the Declaration of the 121, was suspended from his functions by the ministry of national education

Thirty-one signatories proclaim their responsibility and demand to be indicted

The undersigned would like to lay out the following facts:

They formally protest against the indictments, which have no justifiable juridical support. The indictments nevertheless having taken place, each of them has personally written to the magistrate charged with investigating the affair to inform him that as a signatory they accept all the responsibilities implied in the writing, publication, and distribution of the declaration.

The investigating judge has not followed up on any of these repeated interventions. He has indicted none of those who signed this protest. He has even neglected to hear them.

Jean-Paul Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir also demand to be indicted

Jean-Paul Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir held a press conference during which they recalled that they are signatories of the Declaration of the 121, that thirty of the signatories have already been indicted, and that since their return from their recent trip their appearance before the investigating judge has been postponed. They thus accuse the government of discriminating among the signatories and calls on them either to dismiss the charges against all of them or to have the courage to sustain accusations against all the signatories.