No one's gonna hold them down today
They're ready to fight for their rights
On May 3rd, 1886
Chicago burned with the fire they lit
The workers were on strike cause money's tight
The pigs were out and looking for a fight
They opened fire into the crowd
A worker was hit and he went down
No one's gonna hold them down
No! They're gonna burn this fuckin' town
August spies denounced capitalism
But he urged no violence
He was addressing a crowd of workers
The pigs ordered him silenced
A bomb was thrown and the silence wailed
A pig laid dead and 8 were jailed
That day the system failed
You know it never fails
If you think you can crush these ideas
That are gaining ground more each day
If death is the penalty for proclaiming truth
Then I'll proudly and defiantly pay
Four men were sentenced to death
To set an example to all the rest
Who would dare to stand and protest
The injustices we all detest


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    General CommentHaymarket Square Riot

    Outbreak of violence in Chicago on May 4, 1886. Demands for an eight-hour working day became increasingly widespread among American laborers in the 1880s. A demonstration, largely staged by a small group of anarchists, caused a crowd of some 1,500 people to gather at Haymarket Square. When policemen attempted to disperse the meeting, a bomb exploded and rioting ensued. Seven policemen and four other persons were killed, and more than 100 persons were wounded. Public indignation rose rapidly, and punishment was demanded. Eight anarchist leaders were tried, but no evidence was produced that they had made or thrown the bomb. They were, however, convicted of inciting violence. Four were hanged, one committed suicide, and the remaining three-after having served in prison for seven years-were pardoned (1893) by John P. Altgeld, governor of Illinois, on the ground that the trial had been unjust. The incident was frequently used by the adversaries of organized labor to discredit the waning Knights of Labor movement.
    Cumhal Macarton April 10, 2004   Link

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