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A day Like today: Sacco and Vanzetti

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Beyond the current appearances, the history of the great economic powers was not always like that. The great crises and the implacable famines in Europe caused a great migratory movement towards the American continent.

At the end of the 19th and early 20th centuries, millions of European migrants arrived in America. Among those multitudes of homeless two Italians arrived in their homeland who did not know each other, one was called Nicola sacco, the other, Bartolomeo Vanzetti.

Sacco and Vanzetti would soon go down in history. Each one on their side, both ended up becoming defenders of workers' rights, in a time of fierce growth of the capitalist economy. And one day there were two armed assaults, which ended in the death of several guards. The society was moved and I look for scapegoats.

The police thought it was best to hit hard, without mercy or protocols. Then they captured these two Italians, poor and honest workers.

And in a trial that still bristles the skin for the irregular and unfair, the witnesses were pressured, retracted and contradicted; There was never serious evidence against Sacco and Vanzetti. In the end they were found guilty amid the screams of horror of those present, who understood that as a crime against two innocent men.

"God knows that these calloused hands of a worker have never killed anyone," Nicola Sacco said; and Vanzetti said: "My life was clean, full of sacrifice and dedication to others, I will die without seeing my son grow up, I am innocent."

And both faced the death penalty, in one of the darkest processes in the history of the U.S. That was a day like today, August 23, 1927.
And the word and example of Sacco and Vanzetti continue to resonate, beyond injustice, in favor of human solidarity.

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