Armistice Day demonstrations erupted into violence in Algiers, Algeria, Nov 11. Thousands of European settlers?
Armistice Day demonstrations erupted into violence in Algiers, Algeria, Nov 11. Thousands of European settlers - protesting against the Algerian policy of France's President de Gaulle - charged through the streets, throwing stones, boxes and tomatoes, and shouting "De Gaulle to the gallows!"
Police used tear-gas, hand-grenades and rifle-butts to break up mobs. Later, Army reinforcements were called out.
The American Cultural Centre was wrecked. No one was inn the building at the time. It was attacked during riots in 1958 ... but this time everything inside was completely destroyed.
The trouble started at the official Armistice Day ceremony. Governor-General Paul Delouvrier and members of the official party could only get to and from the War Memorial after repeated police charges and tear-gas attacks on the mobs. During the following riots, police resisted attempts to grab Delouvrier's wreath from the Memorial. Crowds turned buses sideways across the street as a barricade ... others climbed on roofs and threw slates and anything they could find on to the police.