On the occasion of the 150th anniversary of the execution by the Paris Commune of ten ecclesiastics, three hundred faithful gathered on Saturday May 29 to travel the 4 kilometers that separate the Place de la Roquette – site of the former prison where were incarcerated the future victims – of the parish of Notre-Dame des Otages, built on the place where 49 people were shot by the federates, militants and anti-clerical atheists.
Among these fifty victims was Mgr. Georges Darboy (1863-1871), Archbishop of Paris, as well as a dozen priests and seminarians, to which are added 35 gendarmes, all shot on May 24, 1871 by decree of the Paris Commune.
The historian Jean Sévilla does not hesitate to define the Municipality as “the left of the extreme left”. An anarchic revolutionary movement born of the defeat of 1870 which claimed many victims, it was bloody repressed by Adolphe Thiers.
This year, the mayor of Paris has decided to commemorate the 150th anniversary of this sad page in the history of France, with more than 50 events. Thus, a procession was organized on Saturday, May 29 between the Place de la République and the Mur des Fédérés, in Père-Lachaise.
This is how the Catholic gathering came into contact with these heirs of the Commune.
They could not bear to see this peaceful demonstration commemorating the barbaric execution of a bishop and his priests. The situation quickly heated up. It went from insults – “Down with zucchini” – to more aggressive cries.
“Down with down, down with the Versaillais!” In memory of the battalions which were in charge of repressing the Commune and which came from Versailles.
It has become a constant harassment: banners torn and trampled, punches, throwing garbage cans, bottles, fences, as one witness recounts.
The enraged began to push over the sixty-year-olds and knock them down, causing several injuries. The light police contingent could not contain the attackers. The faithful finally had to take refuge in a church for an hour, before being escorted two by two.
Anti-Catholic hatred remains intact in revolutionary and leftist circles, which do not hesitate to attack families, children and the elderly in the name of a murderous ideal, violently opposed to the Christian order.