Algeria: The Guns Are Silent

In the bled, Algeria's countryside, the atmosphere resembled a county fair.

Green, white and red flags of the Moslem F.L.N. fluttered from poles and buildings.

Huge, noisy election rallies filled town after town, as Moslems crowded to hear about this week's referendum, which is creating an independent Algeria "associated" with France. The fervent speeches were generally unheard in the shouting, music and indiscriminate firing in air—the traditional means of expressing high spirits in North Africa. Roads were blocked by cars whose horns blared out the six-count beat of "Algérie algérienne," instead of the hated five-count "Algerie française" of the European Secret...

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