The Slow Burning Fuse

an atheisitic anarchistic scorcher

on this day in anarchist history


2 May 1897:  Romeo Frezzi found dead in a police cell. 

Frezzi was one of many arrested following an attempted assassination of Umberto I by Pietro Acciarito.  Frezzi’s crime was that he had a photo of Acciarito in his house.     The initial verdict on Frezzi’s death was that he had committed suicide by banging his head against the cell wall, but later a coroner refuted this noting that every bone was broken in his body.  His death became the spark for mass protests against police brutality.


The attack by Acciarito according to La Tribuna Illustrated (April 25, 1897)
The news travelled far, below is a report in New Zealand’s Auckland Star




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