Rioting continued in Algiers, Algeria, Dec. 11. French troops opened fire after rioting between Moslems?
Rioting continued in Algiers, Algeria, Dec. 11. French troops opened fire after rioting between Moslems and Europeans. A Government statement later said 61 people had died - 56 Moslems, four Europeans and one French police officer.
All day long, ambulances had been hurrying through the streets carrying the wounded...said to number 250. But road barriers made their job harder. Armoured cars patrolled the streets; and in other parts of the city, police and members of the Army clashed with demonstrators. Stones and "Molotov Cocktails" (incendiary petrol bombs) were thrown at the police and Army.
Meanwhile, cars were overturned and set on fire.
As the Moslems and European settlers were being held by the police and Army, General de Gaulle went by car to Orleansville, Dec. 11.
Before his arrival, demonstrators marched through the streets with flags... but they met stiff opposition at various points from troops blocking the road. Urged on by students shouting slogans, some of the managed to break through the barriers.
But by the time General de Gaulle reached Orleansville, all was calm. Troops lined the road to protect him... but he was greeted with loud cheering, especially by the Moslems. He acknowledged the cheers, and then moved on.
Soon, however, violent demonstrations returned to Orleansville, Moslems and Europeans engaged in fist fights and stone throwing, with the security police ever at the ready to intervene.