September Massacres

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The September Massacres refers to a series of mass killings that took place in the prisons of Paris between 2 and 7 September 1792, during the French Revolution (1789-99). Sometimes known as the first Terror, the massacres saw between 1,100 and 1,400 prisoners murdered by gangs of sans-culottes, driven by a fear that the prisoners would rebel and destroy Paris.

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  • 2 Sep 1792 - 7 Sep 1792
    Between 1,100-1,400 prisoners, or half of Paris' total prison population, are killed in the September Massacres.
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