The Champ-de-Mars Massacre
After the Festival of the Federation, the Champ-de-Mars became a site for gatherings and celebrations. However, a year later, the overall feeling had changed. The king had betrayed his oath. After having attempted to flee the country, he was arrested in Varennes on June 20, 1791. The Cordeliers, radical militants, signed a petition demanding his deposition. On July 17th, they defied an order and gathered on the Champ-de-Mars. The City of Paris decreed martial law. This authorized the shooting of demonstrators, and even pacifists. Gunfire broke out. Dozens of women, men and children were killed and injured. It was traumatic: the revolutionaries in power had fired on their own people.
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