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  1. Some of the information in this report is misleading. You say that the “Kabylia has a formidable revolutionary history”, but the stronghold of the Algerian revolution was mainly in the Aurès Mountains and Algiers, without denying its existence in other Wilayas (provinces).

    As for the Amazigh flag, this was not constitutionally banned. In fact, it was a mere political statement by the late General Ahmed Gaïd Salah saying: “no other flag than the national emblem would henceforth be tolerated in the protests”, without mentioning the Amazigh flag.

    The accusations of the MAK president that the regime comitted or is comitting “genocide and crimes against the Kabyle people” are not based on any evidence. In fact, the Kabyle people have more opportunities to access a decent life than any Algerian without denying the corruption and nepotism nature of the regime.

    With the COVID-19 challenges, generally speaking, all the Algerian wilayas were under enormous pressure, from lockdowns, restrictions and regulations on people’s movement and national travelling without reason or/and authorisation, to shortages in medical staff and equipments, all the way along to families being denied burials or even being allowed to see their relatives. Honestly speaking, the last two years of the pandemic have been difficult for the majority of Algerian families infected by the virus.

    As you know, the regimes in the Global South in general and in the MENA region in particular try to survive at whatever price and to do so the answer available to them is massive repression, oppression, discrimination and denial of basic human rights that affect a large number of people in society without exception, not only one ethnic group as this article has tried to put emphasis on.

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