August 23, 1927: State murder of Sacco & Vanzetti

Today is the 90th anniversary of the execution of Nicola Sacco
and Bartolomeo Vanzetti. "The two Italian immigrant anarchists had been tried and found guilty of a 1920 payroll robbery that left two people dead. The state argued that Sacco and Vanzetti were terrorists who carried out the robbery to get money for weapons. Evidence against them only established that they were guilty of selling copies of Luigi Galleani's Cronaca Sovversiva, a newspaper which advocated the deed. Guilt by association was enough. While protests and an international movement to free the men managed to delay the executions for seven years, the state's thirst for blood was not to be denied.

On the evening of their execution, in 1927, mass rallies took place in numerous cities. For decades, the tragedy of Sacco and Vanzetti stood as a testament to the violence of the state and the disregard for real freedom, truth and justice in the so-called liberal democracies. Each year, people gather to mark the date of the executions and speak out against ongoing exploitation and oppression." (excerpt from J.Shantz on the trial of Sacco & Vanzetti, 2005)

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