Revolt in Paris 1848: Class Struggle

It is a struggle that continues…

On 22 June 1848 Paris workers rise in revolt.

The full force of the government’s reaction hits them. General Cavaignac, who had waged a brutal colonial war in Algeria, uses 30,000 regular troops, 80,000 members of the National Guard and 25,000 ‘gardes mobiles’ to wage war on workers.

Fighting rages for four days, with the wealthier western parts of Paris taking revenge on the poorer eastern areas. Some 1,500 workers are slaughtered.

Nearly 12,000 are arrested. In the show trials, which follow, thousands, are deported…

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