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A celebration of the Paris Commune
and its 140th anniversary

Presented by Steve Cook

Throughout the world, progressives of all hues are meeting around this time to commemorate the seizure of state power by the workers of Paris in the spring of 1871, ushering in the first dictatorship of the proletariat, the rule of the previously exploited majority over a parasitical class of industrialists, bankers and landlords. As we explore the background to the Paris Commune, we shall also be acquainting ourselves with its main leaders, with the key policies it pursued during its mere seventy-two days in power, with its heroic defence, and with its bloody – but inevitable – defeat at the hands of a vengeful French bourgeoisie and its German paymasters. Find out why Karl Marx felt able to write that the martyrs of the Commune “are forever enshrined in the great heart of the working class”.

Sunday 17 April 2011, 2-5pm

Kings Cross Neighbourhood Centre,

51 Argyle Street , London WC1H 8EF

[2 minute walk from Kings Cross Station, down Grays Inn Road,
take the 2nd turning on right, the block is a short way along on the right]

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