Haymarket Riot

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  • Chicago police wounded and killed several workers during a labor strike at McCormick Reaper works.
  • Did you see this? There is a labor rally in Haymarket square in protest of these workers being beaten by the police.
  • Let's go to it!
  • Several labor radicals organized a protest or rally that was supposed to be peaceful. During the rally, the police came to break it up and send everyone home.
  • Everyone needs to go home now.
  • This peaceful rally turned into a riot after someone in the crowd threw a bomb at the police, killing 7 police officers and one citizen while wounding many.
  • Eight labor radicals were arrested and convicted as a result of this riot, for supposedly having connections to the bombing. They were labeled as anarchists and were sentenced to death in a controversial trial. The trial was said to be biased and no real evidence was provided.
  • I hereby sentence all of you to death for your crimes.
  • Those who were convicted and sentenced to death were hanged.
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