The Haymarket Riot

The Haymarket Riot was an incident that occurred in May 1886 in the United States. The incident was a riot that erupted between the protesting workers and the police officers. In the 1800s, the United States labour sector was criticized for the mistreatment of employees by making them work under unfavourable conditions and be given low wages in return. On May 4, 1886, a group of workers and activists organized a protest to force the government to streamline the labour sector, and among other things address the issue of long hour work and low wages (Earle, 1992). The workers required that the government should declare the official working hours for employees as eight (8) hours per day, to prevent over-exploitation of the workers, most of whom worked for over twelve hours at the time. The peaceful protest kicked off as planned, with the popular activists such as the Anarchist leader; August Spies addressing the congregation. Towards the end, the police officers opted to disperse, the protesting workers, leading to the eruption of violence. In the course of the violence, an unknown civilian hurled a bomb at the police officers, killing at least seven police officers and a civilian, as well as injuring an undisclosed number of people....

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