The Communards

Holodomor AvatarThe Communards were members and supporters of the 1871 Paris Commune a revolutionary Communist government that briefly ruled Paris from 18 March until 28 May 1871. The commune adopted the Communist red flag rather than the republican tricolour and its program included the violent separation of church and state which saw the arrest of priests and the theft and closure of church property. The killing of two French army generals by soldiers of the Commune’s National Guard and the refusal of the Commune to accept the authority of the French government led to its suppression by the regular French Army in “La Semaine sanglante” (“The Bloody Week”) beginning on 21 May 1871. The Commune and its members had significant influence on the ideas of Karl Marx.

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