Algiers’ Book Fair: Egyptians will be present
ALGIERS- The Egyptian books will be present at the next International Book Fair of Algiers (Sila), scheduled from October 27 to November 6, said Saturday the commissioner of this event Smaïn Ameziane.
- "It's done. Of course, they will be there," said Mr. Ameziane to AFP, denying that they "had never be prohibition" of the Egyptian presence at the next show.
- Several Algerian intellectuals living in Algeria, Europe and North America raised in a petition that "prohibition" by taken after the incidents surrounding the matches Egypt-Algeria in November 2009 soccer qualifier for the 2010 World Cup.
- The intellectuals who signed the petition called in August to "lifting the ban on exhibition of Egyptian books" in this 15th fair, referring to a unilateral "aberrant" attempt against Egyptian literature.
- Mr. Ameziane said Saturday that "in consultation with the Egyptians, it was decided to limit" to a stand of 100 m2 the presentation of Egyptian publishers, including the Library of Alexandria, rather than 70 as was the case at previous shows in this area over 8,000 m2.
- This decision was taken "to avoid any incident" at this event which welcomes, he said, some 150,000 visitors per day.
- On 12 November, the bus carrying the Algerian team was trashed in Cairo and three players were injured. Two days later, the match was followed by violent incidents in Algeria, where Egyptian companies premises had been attacked and Egyptians had their home ransacked.
- Incidents were also occurring on November 18 in the support match played in Khartoum, won 1-0 by Algeria.
- The crisis took a turn with diplomatic protests outside the Algerian embassy in Cairo and the recall of ambassadors for consultations from Algeria and Egypt in Cairo and Algiers by their respective countries.
- Since then, Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak made a "friendly" visit on June 4 in Algiers.
- Ennaharonline/ M. O.