Day 96: Algiers to Oran
We are eating later at the Comet, a plain old-fashioned restaurant, whose wine list and entrecôtes go a long way to making up for the Hôtel Terminus, when the flow of conversation is interrupted by the chanting of a crowd outside. It sounds like football supporters celebrating, and Said, who goes outside to check, confirms that this is the case, Kabilya JSK having defeated AC Africa from Côte d'Ivoire, to win the African club soccer championship.
The hooting and shouting grows louder and more vociferous and seems no longer entirely to do with football. I'm sure I hear the word 'Assassins!' repeated over and over. The proprietor pushes his windows shut, which doesn't do much good, and, if anything, urges the crowd on. There seem to be only two words they're chanting now.
'Pou-voir! Assa-ssins! Pou-voir! Assa-ssins!'
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- Series: Sahara
- Day: 96
- Country/sea: Algeria
- Place: Oran
- Book page no: 249
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