massacres

The Rosewood massacre, 1923

Ruins of Carrier house where the family defended themselves against a white mob

A short history of the massacre of Black residents in the town of Rosewood, Florida, by racist white mobs in 1923. Written by Liam Kilby.

1928: The Santa Marta Massacre

Diplomatic reports from various US and Colombian government agencies and the United Fruit Company about a strike by plantation workers in 1928 and the governments bloody actions to break it. The Santa Marta strike is often referred to as the Banana massacre due to its high death toll.

The Ghosts of Peterloo

EP Thompson's landmark essay exonerating the Peterloo martyrs and incriminating the authorities.

E15: The Peterloo massacre with Mike Leigh

The Peterloo massacre with Mike Leigh.

Podcast episode about the Peterloo massacre of 1819 with Mike Leigh, director of his new film, Peterloo, and Dr Jacqueline Riding, author and historical consultant on the film.

Ethiopia's Red Terror - Original Wolde Giorgis

An account by one of the survivors of Ethiopia's Red Terror carried out by the regime of Colonel Mengistu against rival left wing groups.

CW: for physical abuse and torture.

Reflections on the Kisumu Massacre, 1969

In October 1969 Jomo Kenyatta visited the Russia-built Nyanza Provincial General Hospital in Kisumu. During a protest against the visit, the presidential escort and paramilitary forces opened fire on the crowd, killing more than 11 and injuring hundreds. The piece was written following several police killings in the wake of the 2017 Kenyan presidential elections.

Tea workers: Poorest of the poor, in Bangladesh

On May 20, 1921, around 30,000 tea labourers left their workplace in Sylhet region and started walking towards Chandpur Meghna Ghat. When they reached there, the then Assamese police opened fire on the protesters. Many of the workers were killed, and their bodies were thrown into the river. The rest fled.
Marking the incident, Tea Workers Day will be observed tomorrow like every year.

Gambia: April 10, 2000 - I remember…

Massacre survivors

First-person account of the massacre of school students who were protesting the fatal torture of one school student by firefighters and the rape of a 13 year old girl by a soldier.

The Gambia student massacre, April 10th 2000

Protesters remember the massacre

On April 10th 2000, Gambian police shot live ammunition at a demonstration of students protesting the torture of a fellow student in March of that year, and the rape of a 13 year old girl by a soldier in early April.

Massacre in Algeria - Mohammed Harbi

Mohammed Harbi with Ben Bella

As France celebrated victory in Europe on 8 May 1945, its army was massacring thousands of civilians in Sétif and Guelma - events that were the real beginning of Algeria’s war of independence.