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Algeria sees tribal breakdown: “Nasser Djabi to Khabar: Regime failed to achieve cohesion…”

A disturbing spread of the breakdown in states, borders and social cohesion… in algeria… perhaps?

Translated tonight by our

On July 9, the independent El-Khabar newspaper carried the following interview with socio-political expert and researcher Dr. Nasser Djabi, by its correspondent in Algiers Khaled Boudiya:

“…Q: “How do you read into the deterioration of the situation in Ghardaia and the panic that accompanied the incidents?

A: “I read into it in the context of a scenario against which I had warned a long time ago. I had said in the past that the tragic situation was unfortunately going to deteriorate, as the regime has failed to manage the disputes and diversity, refused to recognize them and rejected them. Ghardaia is the best example of the failure to manage the transformations in Algeria… In the past years, the number of marriages between the Abadis and the Malikis retreated, unlike the case of the Chaouis and the tribes, in parallel to cohabitation. The lack of cohesion also started to be seen in the schools between the various components, which prompted the emergence of two educational systems. For its part, the state fell short of building new and large neighborhoods to encourage mixing.

Q: “Is the state imposing a cohesion in form on everyone or is it respecting the difference?

A: “The lack of cohesion means that the components do not have the same relationship with the state institutions, as the Mozabites believe that the state is working against them. Ghardaia used to be calm under other cultures and generations and in the past, the prevailing idea was that the Mozabites were rarely violent, i.e. sensible, and never responded to the attacks. But today, a shift was seen in the new generation, especially the young men, who are responding and refusing to remain silent. Hence, what used to be true in the case of the old generation is not so in the case of the new generation, which wishes to integrate the state and be heard.

Q: “Could the Ghardaia incidents move to other provinces?

A: “It is possible to see the Ghardaia incidents moving to other southern provinces, and preventing that requires the reassessment of the transformations in the region by the media and political elite. New ways must be proposed for the management of the situation, far away from the dignitaries who are no longer heard by the youth…””

Written by nickbiddlenoe

July 9, 2015 at 9:12 pm

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