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date: 26 October 2020

Aït Ahmed, Hocinelocked

(20 Aug. 1926–23 Dec. 2015), politician and rebel leader,
  • Jeremy Rich

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was born in Aïn El Hammam (then Michelet) in Tizi Ouzou province, Algeria on 20 August 1926. Aït Ahmed’s father was a prominent Kabyle leader who worked for the French colonial government. Thanks to his family’s prosperity, he attended primary school followed by a French secondary school. Although Aït Ahmed’s father was loyal to France, his son became disgusted with the unfair and hypocritical nature of colonialism in Algeria. By the age of sixteen he had joined the Parti du Peuple Algerien (PPA) led by Messali Hadj. The massacre of Algerians by French settlers and soldiers at Sétif and Guelma in May 1945 horrified Aït Ahmed. He was one of the first members of the Organisation Special (OS), a group of embittered and young PPA members who decided to start fighting for independence in 1947 rather than following Hadj’s call for peaceful protests.

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