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France hands up remains from Algeria’s resistance fighters

Algeria is burying on Sunday, its freedom day, the remains of 24 soldiers returned by France after 170 decades.

It is the most recent effort to settle questions connected to France’s colonial domination, which started in 1830 and stopped in 1962 following a bloody four-year liberty war.

The skulls, belonging to soldiers that perished during the 19th century, will soon be buried in Algeria’s largest Peninsula, El Alia, near Algiers’ square committed to the”martyrs of the Algerian Revolution”.

The service will be attended by Algeria’s President Abdelmadjid Tebboune.

Many, regardless of the warmth, paid tribute to the soldiers on Saturday, as their coffins, covered with the national flag, were subjected to Algiers’ Palace of Culture.

The remains included those of Sheikh Bouziane, pioneer of the 1849 Zyban uprising in southern Algeria, as well as his comrades in arms. Captured from the French, they had been taken and then beheaded.

Before the handover, their remains were retained in Paris’ National Museum of Natural History.

Algeria had formally asked them back in January 2018, together with different colonial archives.

“This gesture is part of a procedure for friendship” to cure the”wounds of the background,” that the Elysee commented on Friday.

Algeria’s president, meeting on Saturday from France 24, said that the movement could”help calm the climate” and enhance”economic relations” between the two nations, adding that there’s more that should be performed on the colonial matter.

French President Emmanuel Macron had vowed to return the bodies of their fighters during a trip to Algeria in 2017, after predicting the colonization of this nation”a crime against humanity”. Afterward in 2019, during a trip to Ivory Coast, he predicted colonialism “a grave error” and a”serious fault”.