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Algeria protests over anthem slur

Posted Mon 06 Aug 2012 02:06:51 pm in News, Government | By Dubib.com News Desk


Algeria has protested against an article in a UK newspaper which proclaimed that its national anthem was one of the worst in the world.

Algeria’s Foreign Ministry has objected to an article in The Telegraph which said the Algerian anthem was the fifth worst in the world, and has lodged a complaint with the newspaper’s management.

"[Algeria's] Embassy in London has filed a strongly-worded protest to the editorship of the newspaper,” Algerian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Amman Belani was quoted as saying by the Kuwait News Agency (KUNA).

The anthem 'Kassaman', which means "We Pledge", was ranked fifth in the list, with North Korea topping the list, which was published on July 26. Ranked second was Uruguay, followed by Greece, Spain, Algeria, Colombia, Iraq, Burkina Faso, Kazakhstan and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

“The provocative article trifles with Algeria’s glorious struggle for independence which culminated in the revolution in November, 1954,” Algeria’s National Organisation of Martyrs’ Children said in a statement.

As of Monday, the link to the original article at the The Telegraph’s website appeared to have been deleted.



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