May 5: Sacco and Vanzetti

6 May

Sacco and Vanzetti were two Italian immigrant anarchists arrested on May 5, 1920 for a bank robbery and corresponding murders that had happened on April 15 in South Braintree, Massachusetts.

Luigi Galleani was an Italian anarchist at the time who promoted violent revolution. Sacco and Vanzetti were purported followers of Galleani, and so they were suspected of robbing the bank so as to fund the bombing campaigns going on at the time.

The evidence against Sacco and Vanzetti was circumstantial at best. And in fact even the judge in the trial made no qualms about coming out and saying that even if they were not guilty of this particular crime they were still the enemy. Through multiple trials and appeals, they were still found guilty. Esculpatory evidence, such as their alibis, was not given fair hearing.

There was a massive movement to have Sacco and Vanzetti freed. After their execution there were numerous bombings and attempted bombings in retaliation for their wrongful deaths.

On August 23, 1927 they were both murdered by the state in the electric chair.

Ferdinando Nicola Sacco (April 22, 1891-August 23, 1927) and Bartolomeo Vanzetti (June 11, 1888-August 23, 1927)

This is a famous case which reveals how the “Justice” system can be manipulated to persecute people on the basis of their politics, regardless of their participation in any crime. Sacco and Vanzetti were killed because of their beliefs, not because they actually robbed a bank on April 15, 1920.

It is also interesting to note the extreme and prolific actions from other anarchists at the time. I know that is something I want to look into further. I had never heard of Galleani before reading about this case.

This is a war. The state kills anarchists, for being anarchists. Be prepared.

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One Response to “May 5: Sacco and Vanzetti”

  1. Dudley Sharp May 22, 2010 at 9:26 am #

    Julius and Ethel Rosenberg

    For decades and internationally and wrongly one of the biggest “innocent” executed cases.

    The Venona Intercepts, 1995
    http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/venona/intercepts.html
    The US Government has direct evidence of Julius Rosenberg, and others’, involvement with the Soviet’s, as spies for atomic secrets, with intercepted communications between the Soviet’s and some of their US spies, from 1944. These intercepts were released in 1995. Ethel is not mentioned. However, there was more than enough evidence that she, at least, knew of his spying and chose not to report it, enough for a conspiracy. However, they both had ample time to come forward and proclaim her innocence and, to, at least, save one parent for their children. They chose not to, a strong indicator of their guilt and devotion to the cause.

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