• History reported by today's media

    From BOB ACKLEY@1:231/310 to ALL on Monday, March 18, 2019 16:18:56
    Another blast from 24 years ago:

    01 Feb 95 03:01:00
    From: Ed Miller
    To: All
    Subj: Extremists Riot

    Scores Killed, Hundreds Injured As Para-Military Extremists Riot

    BOSTON, April 20, 1775 -- National guard units seeking to confiscate
    a cache of recently banned assault weapons were ambushed on April
    19th by elements of a para-military extremist faction. Military
    and law enforcement sources estimate that 72 were killed and more
    than 200 injured before government forces were compelled to withdraw.

    Speaking after the clash, Massachusetts Governor Thomas Gage declared
    that the extremist faction, which was made up of local citizens, has
    links to the radical right-wing tax protest movement. Gage blamed the extremists for recent incidents of vandalism directed against internal
    revenue offices.

    The governor, who described the group's organizers as "criminals,"
    issued an executive order authorizing the summary arrest of any
    individual who has interfered with the government's efforts to secure
    law and order.

    The military raid on the extremist arsenal followed widespread refusal
    by the local citizenry to turn over recently outlawed assault weapons.
    Gage issued a ban on military-style assault weapons and ammunition
    earlier in the week. This decision followed a meeting in early April
    between government and military leaders at which the governor authorized
    the forcible confiscation of illegal arms. One government official,
    speaking on condition of anonymity, pointed out that "none of these
    people would have been killed had the extremists obeyed the law and
    turned over their weapons voluntarily."

    Government troops initially succeeded in confiscating a large supply
    of outlawed weapons and ammunition. However, troops attempting to seize
    arms and ammunition in Lexington met with resistance from heavily-armed extremists who had been tipped off regarding the government's plans.

    During a tense standoff in Lexington's town park, National Guard Colonel Francis Smith, commander of the government operation, ordered the armed
    group to surrender and return to their homes. The impasse was broken by
    a single shot, which was reportedly fired by one of the right-wing
    extremists. Eight civilians were killed in the ensuing exchange.

    Ironically, the local citizenry blamed government forces rather than the extremists for the civilian deaths. Before order could be restored,
    citizens from surrounding areas had descended upon the guard units.
    Colonel Smith, finding his forces overmatched by the armed mob, ordered
    a retreat.

    Governor Gage has called upon citizens to support the state/national
    joint task force in its effort to restore law and order. The governor
    has also demanded the surrender of those responsible for planning and
    leading the attack against the government troops. Samuel Adams, Paul
    Revere, and John Hancock, who have been identified as "ringleaders"
    of the extremist faction, remain at large.

    (swiped from alt.conspiracy)

    * SLMR 2.1a * BEEF - Because the West wasn't won on salad!

    --- GEcho 1.00
    * Origin: From Trafalgar - The Crossroads Broadcast BBS (1:231/310)