The Algerian defense ministry has just gone a step too far by publishing a press release on its official website in which, without any proof, it accuses the MAK (Movement of the self-determination of the Kabyle people) of preparing terrorist attacks. Based on the alleged confession of a certain H. Noureddine who is said to be our activist, he asserts the improbable. In any case, he could not be an activist of the MAK.
We challenge the Algerian defense ministry to give the name of this alleged “MAK activist”, his date and place of birth so that the citizens of Kabylia can verify for themselves the seriousness of the accusation against us but also the enormity of this lie.
This gross lie does not deceive anyone, neither in Kabylia nor across the world. Fabricating indictments against pro-independence activists is a well-worn colonial specialty. France, in its time, had used and abused it after the peaceful demonstrations of May 8, 1945. The Algerian authorities have already tried, recently, the same stratagem with the Walid Nekkiche affair, without success.
Let us not forget the Cap Sigli affair (1978), and the incredible scenario constructed in the offices of the Algerian Military Agency to break the momentum of democracy and freedom which came from Kabylia and which risked awakening Algeria.
After the grandiose marches of April 20 in the three capitals of Kabylia, through which, Kabylia, like a single man, claimed its right to self-determination, the Islamic-military junta in panic, takes out the terrorism card that the MAK has always condemned with all its power, before everyone else.
The press release which has just been published aims to:
1) To scare and push the militants to go underground. But we will not give in to fear and repression.
2) After going underground, the government will organize attacks that it will attribute to the MAK in such a way as to set the world against it and accuse it of being a “terrorist” organization as it tried to do with its agents and its relays.
The MAK (Movement for the Self-Determination of Kabylia) and Anavad (Kabyle Provisional Government in Exile) are calling international opinion as witnesses. These Kabyle representatives have never had the shadow of a terrorist idea and we will not be forced to do so today. The MAK is essentially peaceful and no one can turn it away.
Any act of violence that will come to be committed in the days to come will be CLEARLY identified as the work of the Algerian military agency. We will never be associated with it, directly or indirectly.
We are a movement that is based on the right of peoples to self-determination and not on any recourse to violence on its part.
Just because the Minister of Defense is threatening us does not mean that we will go along with his plans. We will not take the bush and we will face by law and reason the ignominy to which the Algerian authorities would like to assign us. Kabylia will be independent regardless of the ferocity of the anti-Kabyle repression that will fall on us.
These threats do not scare us because we have nothing to be ashamed of and we want the whole world to know it!
These sordid and unfounded accusations seek only to give Operation “Zero Kabyle” adopted by Algeria at the end of August 2019 is the base of its legitimation to move towards genocide against the Kabyle people.
I call on all the independent press, the democratic political class, the interveners on social networks, to denounce this plot against innocent people, in the name of human conscience.
I call on all international bodies to intervene as quickly as possible before the irreparable is committed.
I assume, in front of the Kabyle people and the whole world, my pacifism and my condemnation without appeal for the use of violence.
I call on the UN Security Council to challenge the Algerian authorities on this genocidal plan, in accordance with the letter I sent them in September 2019.
We warn the Algerian regime against violence and its abuses.
The International Criminal Court is already seized to closely follow the evolution of the human rights situation in Kabylia.
Long live free and independent Kabylia
Down with the denial of the Kabyle people’s right to self-determination.
Exile, the 25/04/2021
Mr. Ferhat Mehenni, Chairman of MAK and Anavad
SIWEL 252345 AVR 21