Street scene during the Winnipeg
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.