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150 years since the Paris Commune

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Date:
Saturday, April 03, 2021
Time:
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Event Type:
Class/Workshop
Organizer/Author:
World Socialist Web Site
Location Details:
An online meeting streamed at wsws.org/live

On March 18, 1871, workers in Paris rose up to stop an attempt by the French army to steal cannons that had been purchased for the city’s defense in the 1870-1871 Franco-Prussian war. The French government of Adolphe Thiers fled the city in panic, and power passed into the hands of the armed working class. Elections were held on March 26 that created the Paris Commune, the first workers state in history.

The Commune was an entirely new form of state power that set out to build a classless society based on equality. But in the infamous Bloody Week of May 21-28, Thiers and the French army stormed Paris with heavy artillery—indiscriminately murdering men, women and children suspected of having fought for, participated in or sympathized with the Commune.

At enormous cost in blood, the Commune lives on as a priceless experience for the international working class of today, whose lives, health, and living standards depend on their struggle for state power in every country.
The speakers will include David North, Alex Lantier, and more to be announced.



Saturday
April 3
10:00 AM
US Pacific Time

Saturday
April 3
1:00 PM
US Eastern Time

Time zone Conversions:

Mexico City: 11am, Saturday, April 3
London: 6pm, Saturday, April 3
Paris: 7pm, Saturday, April 3
Istanbul: 8pm, Saturday, April 3
Mumbai: 10:30pm, Saturday, April 3
Beijing: 1am, Sunday, April 4
Sydney: 3am, Sunday, April 4
Added to the calendar on Fri, Apr 2, 2021 10:24AM
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