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Sacco-Vanzetti 80th anniversary approaches

Felicani | 23.06.2007 19:40 | History | Repression | Workers' Movements | World

23 August 2007 will be the 80th anniversary of the state murder of Niccola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti. Italian-American anarchist militants, they were convicted of murder during the 'red scare' by a prosecutor who didn't hesitate to use their radicalism to bias the jury against them and before a prejudiced judge.

A long legal and political fight failed to free them. Despite the widespread belief that they had not had a fair trial they were executed to uphold the reputation of the American legal system and to dispose of two anarchist troublemakers.

"If it had not been for this thing, I might have live out my life talking at street corners to scorning men. I might have die, unmarked, unknown, a failure. Now we are not a failure. This is our career and our triumph. Never in our full life can we hope to do such work for tolerance, for joostice, for man's onderstanding of man, as now we do by an accident.
Our words - our lives - our pains - nothing! The taking of our lives - lives of a good shoemaker and a poor fish peddler - all!
That last moment belongs to us - that agony is our triumph."
(Vanzetti to P. Stong)

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