Research Analysis: The Bloody Sunday Protest And Massacre
The Bloody Sunday protest and massacre was a perfect example of how opportunistic rebellions work by taking advantage of economic downturns and lack of strategic state leadership by inciting hope within the lower working class population, and implanting the potential for success in their minds despite the bloodshed that took place. As confirmed by the theorist Chenoweth, the poorly executed response to the original peaceful protest by the military lead to further outrage and aggression from the civilian populations and factory workers. If it hadn’t been for the violent repression by the Russian military commander during this specific protest, the conflict might not have escalated into a full rebellion and regime overthrow. This paper aims to argue that Cheoweth’s theory, that the usual backfiring of state violence against peaceful protest is a necessary pre-requisite condition for Ted …show more content…
The protest on January 22nd,1905 was lead by the Russian Orthodox priest Georgy Apollonovich Gapon.(A&E) It was declared a massacre after 200 were killed and 800 wounded even though it was a peaceful protest that was marching to the Winter Palace to petition the Czar’s government …. (BBC) Among the dead were women and children who also marched. The state was informed about the protestors who walked in the city carrying religious relics. The protest turned violent when the “police chief” was not able to stop the protestors so he turned to more violent and repressive measures. His unnecessary and extreme actions sparked other riots and protests within Russia.
The Russian Revolution is broken down into two main rebellions. The February Revolution, in which Bloody Sunday occurred, and the Bolshevik Revolution. The results of the February Revolution only lasted a few months before the Bolshevik party rebelled with a coup