By A. M. Buckley
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They initially went to Russia, but, disillusioned by the revolution there, they moved to other countries. In Germany, the government executed anarchists and liberal writers and thinkers. In perhaps one of the more ironic tragedies to befall anarchists at the time, German anarchist and philosopher Gustav Landauer, a lifelong pacifist, was beaten to death by German authorities in 1919. Russia initially provided hope for progressive socialism, if not anarchism. The Bolsheviks, a small minority of revolutionaries who organized into workers’ councils, successfully overthrew the czar in 1917.
The largest organizing body of these protests was the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND), which started in London in 1958. What began as a public meeting of activists and others alarmed by the rise of nuclear weapons grew into a widespread coalition that continues to this day. The CND has been responsible for nonviolent protests against nuclear weapons around the world for more than 50 years. Efforts by members of the CND to rise up and speak out against governmental actions, specifically the buildup of nuclear weapons, are anarchist not in name but in sensibility.
For a week, workers held meetings and led marches. On May 1, approximately 35,000 workers throughout the United States went on strike. In the days that followed, tens of thousands more workers joined them. Police clashed with strikers, sometimes violently, killing at least two. Anarchists organized a meeting and called for revenge. The mayor attended the meeting, held at Haymarket Square, and asked police not to intervene. Nevertheless, police found cause to disperse the workers. During the tussle, someone threw a bomb that immediately killed a police officer.
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