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Street scene during the Winnipeg General Strike
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Street scene during the Winnipeg General Strike

To protest the arrest of strike leaders during the famous "confrontation at Winnipeg," workers in Winnipeg organized a silent parade down Main Street on Saturday, June 21, 1919. Known as "Bloody Saturday," the parade was violently broken up by the police. One person was killed instantly, another was mortally wounded, and 30 were injured. The strike leaders, many of them British-born, were incarcerated and threatened with deportation. Meanwhile, government-authorized troops, armoured cars, and machine gun units took control of the city. From labour's perspective, the Winnipeg General Strike had ended in disaster.

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