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What was the Chicago Riot of 1886?


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Answered 2010-12-26 06:23:18

The Chicago Riot of 1886 is also known as the "Haymarket affair" occurred on May 4, 1886 in Chicago. It began as a rally in support of striking workers. An unknown person threw a bomb at police as they dispersed the public meeting. The bomb blast and ensuing gunfire resulted in the deaths of eight police officers, mostly from friendly fire, and an unknown number of civilians. In the internationally publicized legal proceedings that followed, eight anarchists were tried for murder. Four men were convicted and executed, and one committed suicide in prison, although the prosecution conceded none of the defendants had thrown the bomb.

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