BERLIN (AFP) - Internationally acclaimed Algerian author Boualem Sansal Sunday received the annual German Book Trade Peace Prize and said that people everywhere were rising up against dictatorship. Sansal, 62, received the award for his open criticism of the regime in Algeria and his drive for freedom of speech, culture and religion in his native country, said Gottfried Honnefelder, president of the organisation. The author, who received the prestigious prize at a ceremony with 1,000 people at the end of the Frankfurt Book Fair, the worlds biggest gathering of publishers and authors, said there was a global revolution underway. People want genuine, universal democracy, without borders and without taboos ... people are rejecting dictatorships, extremism, the power of the markets, the suffocating grasp of religion, said Sansal. German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle congratulated Sansal on the honour, which carries an endowment of 25,000 euros ($35,000). This prize honours not only Boualem Sansals literary work, but also his striving for peaceful and democratic change in Algeria, said the minister in a statement. In a time of great change in the Arab world, I hope that Boualem Sansals vision of a free and democratic society in Algeria becomes reality, added Westerwelle. The Francophone authors works include the award-winning Le Village De LAllemand (translated as An Unfinished Business). The German Book Trade Peace Prize has been awarded each year since 1950. Past winners include Turkish author Orhan Pamuk, Hungarian Peter Esterhazy and Czech writer and former president Vaclav Havel. Last years prize was won by one of Israels best known authors, David Grossman.