France · Political

Anarchist detonates bomb to strike at the wealthy

February 12, 1894
Paris, France 
Émile Henry detonated a bomb in a French café, killing one and wounding 20

Henry, an anarchist, was avenging the execution of another anarchist Auguste Vaillant. Henry selected the Café Terminus for his bombing, feeling it represented the bourgeoisie (those in high society and with vast wealth) and intended to kill as many as possible. At trial, he was asked why he injured so many innocent people, to which he replied “…there are no innocent bourgeois.”

Henry was executed by guillotine May 21, 1894, his last words reportedly being “Courage, camarades! Vive l’anarchie!”

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