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August 12, 1845

Discussion in '"Today in History", Literature & Media Review' started by Martin Antonenko, Aug 12, 2022.

  1. Martin Antonenko A Fixture

    The Leipzig Carnage...

    On August 12, 1845, Prince Johann...


    ...the brother of the Saxon king arrives for a visit at Leipzig...:


    The timing was extremely bad, because the reputation of the ruling house in large parts of the population is at a low point!

    The king had fired a reform-oriented government and appointed a conservative cabinet headed by the outspoken reactionary Julius Traugott von Könneritz...

    ...to be led.

    The king's brother senses the dislike of the population in Leipzig, where he goes and stands.

    At a show drill of the municipal guard...


    ...there are loud whistles and boos from the crowd.

    In the evening, Prince Johann dines in the "Hotel de Prusse" on Roßplatz...


    ...with the city's aristocratic citizens, while hundreds of demonstrators sang mocking songs and shouted protest slogans on the street in front of it - and also threw stones at the hotel windows.

    The commander of the municipal guard, who was present at the meal, orders his troops to provide protection on site, and someone close to the prince also calls in the regular military from the Leipzig garrison....:


    As soon as they arrived, the Saxon military opened fire on the demonstrators - eight people were shot, four others were seriously injured...:


    This teases the crowd to the max!

    All night riots raged in Leipzig, some students even want to storm the barracks of the royal military and arm themselves in the arsenal there.

    Eventually, the Communal Guard takes control of the city and calms the situation. The Saxon military, who were ordered back to the barracks immediately after the shots were fired, are smart enough not to show themselves again, otherwise there would have been more deaths.

    In the morning the king's brother has to leave Leipzig in a hurry; his carriage is being pursued by an angry mob who almost managed to stop and overturn the carriage!

    The events went down in Saxon history as the "Leipzig Carnage".
  2. Nap A Fixture

    Carnage indeed , riots and anger while others ate in splendour


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