Thursday, January 09, 2014

Bloody Sunday

Jan 9th, 1905 - After an all-city strike in St. Petersburg, almost 150 thousand workers and their families march to the Winter Palace to personally deliver to Czar Nicholas II a petition to improve their lives.

The authorities, worried that this march will turn into a riot, bring in troops to block their path to the palace.  The workers ignore the soldiers.  Shots are fired.  Hundreds of people are killed and wounded.

Hilarious sentence from the report of A. Lopukhin, the director of the police department to the Minister of Internal Affairs, Prince Svyatopolk-Mirsky:

"After the soldiers put their firearms to use, the mob of workers began to show extreme hostility to the police and the military"

Who would have thought - those ungrateful workers not wanting to get shot!


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