French Army re-inforcements, including tanks and armoured care, continued to arrive in Algiers Jan 26.?
French Army re-inforcements, including tanks and armoured care, continued to arrive in Algiers Jan 26. Meanwhile citizens have become accustomed to the insurgent manned barricades across main streets, and regard them with just a modicum of curiosity while proceeding with their normal daily routines.
Since the Jan. 24 clash with security forces - when 27 people were killed and 140 injured - Algiers has been in a state of siege and under martial law. More than 3,000 armed students, workers and Home Guard are still defying authority from behind barricades of cobble stones and tram lines torn up from the roadway.
Reports of fraternisation and sympathy between troops and rebels continue to come through despite strict censorship of news. Troops are still allowing relatives and friends through the barricades to the rebels, and are themselves frequently seen exchanging cigarettes and jokes with their besieged compatriots.
After a two-hour Cabinet meeting in Paris Jan. 27, President De Gaulle announced that he would broadcast to the nation Jan. 29 as arranged. He is said to be in favour of prosecuting organisers of the insurrection. Rumours that Premier Debre and M. Paul Delouvrier, Delegate-General in Algiers, had tendered their resignations, have been denied.
Six people were injured Jan. 27 when several hundred Moslems staged a pro-De Gaulle demonstration at Mostagenen, a sea-port between Algiers and Oran. This was the first time since the "Algeria is French" revolt broke out in Algiers Jan. 23 that the Moslem population have re-acted.