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May 4th, 1889 Labor Radicals organized a rally at Haymarket Square.
Towards the end of the rally, a group of policemen arrived to disperse the crowd.
As the police advanced, an unknown person threw a bomb at them.
Both sides opened fire and chaos erupted. Seven police officers and at least one civilian died, and an untold number of people wounded.
The riot set off a national wave of xenophobia, as scores of foreign-born radicals and labor organizers were rounded up by the police in Chicago and elsewhere.
In the aftermath of the Haymarket Square Riot and subsequent trial and executions, public opinion was divided. For some people, the events led to a heightened anti-labor sentiment, while others believed the men had been convicted unfairly and viewed them as martyrs.
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