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Everywhere that the struggle for national freedom has triumphed, once the authorities agreed, there were military coups d'etat that overthrew their leaders. That is the result time and time again.
Ahmed Ben Bella
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I am a Muslim Arab, in my actions oriented very to the left, in my convictions.
Ahmed Ben Bella
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It's with them that we have constituted a liberation front and brought our logistic support to armies to help their countries come out of colonialism and establish a national internal regime.
Ahmed Ben Bella
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With my government, we engaged in bringing our help to fights for national freedom. At that precise moment, several countries were still colonised or had barely overcome colonisation. This was the case in practically all of Africa. We supported them.
Ahmed Ben Bella
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Although it is hard work it is also inspiring, and there is beauty in the idea of transforming even a minute portion of the Earth's surface into fertile, productive soil.
Ahmed Ben Bella
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The liberation movement which I led in Algeria, the organization that I created to fight the French army, was at first a small movement of nothing at all. We were but some tens of people throughout Algeria, a territory that is five times the size of France.
Ahmed Ben Bella
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I'm optimistic because I'm pragmatic: Neither of the two sides, the military government nor the Islamic front, is capable of winning. If they continue to fight, they will both bleed to death.
Ahmed Ben Bella
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Yes, my life is a life of combat; I can say that this has never stopped for a single instant. It is a combat that started for me at the age of 16. I'm 90 years old now, and my motivation hasn't changed; it's the same fervour that drives me.
Ahmed Ben Bella
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Algeria was therefore only the beginning of something that was in development: this is why I say that it's the global capitalist system that finally reacted against us.
Ahmed Ben Bella
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Those who are leftists, once in power, are not different from other parties.
Ahmed Ben Bella
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From their point of view, I had gone too far. I had to disappear. That is to say, if the Algerian army had not overthrown me, others would have done so.
Ahmed Ben Bella
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The French colonisation of Algeria lasted a long time: 132 years.
Ahmed Ben Bella
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Che came in 1963, shortly after I had come to power.
Ahmed Ben Bella
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In two years, there were 22 military coups d'etat, essentially in Africa and the third world. The coup d'etat of Algiers, in 1965, is what opened the path.
Ahmed Ben Bella
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I accommodated practically all of the liberation movements, including those of Latin America.
Ahmed Ben Bella
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Yes, I am Algerian of Moroccan origin through my parents, but all my life is Algeria. I was born there.
Ahmed Ben Bella
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I can say now: all the combatants who participated in the fight for freedom in South America came to Algeria; it's from there that all those who fought left. We trained them, we arranged for the weapons to reach them, we created networks.
Ahmed Ben Bella
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