Dateline - July 14th 1789, Paris France.
Early reports are emerging of lawless groups of thugs wearing red 'phrygian' caps, known locally as the red-bloc, making violent assaults on the Bastille. It seems that these groups, consisting of ragtag numbers of young terrorists, began gathering early and milling about the grounds outside the prison. Apparently they harbor a number of complaints against the government including the conditions of hygiene in their environs, the discrepancies between rich and poor, the restrictions on media, and other things.
Word is that after some hours of gathering the groups eventually coalesced and attacked the ancient fortress which was being protected by 82 soldiers and several dozen Swiss Grenadiers. An exchange of gunfire went on for several hours and eventually the red-bloc entered the Prison fortress. At least a hundred were killed in the incident, including one soldier.
"These are simply lawless thugs," one Swiss Grenadier was heard saying. "They are useless, violent, anarchists who have freed the inmates and put us all at risk." An official government spokesman defended the use of deadly force in the protection of the Bastille saying, "Our soldiers acted with complete professionalism in defending a public building. The violence was instigated entirely by the red-bloc, who have no respect for law and order and have decided to pursue their political goals through violent means. If some of them died it was entirely their fault."
When questioned about the outrageous cost of maintaining and defending a fortress like the Bastille in the middle of France's most populous city, another government spokesperson told us that "the cost was entirely appropriate for such a facility, particularly when it is clear that there are violent thugs like these who are ready to cause trouble." When asked about the red-blocs concerns over human-rights abuses by the government and fundamental injustices in the system, the government spokesperson waived off such concerns saying that "France is the greatest country in the world and should be a showcase to other nations, and the red-bloc was simply putting a stain on the country's international reputation."
Few of the so-called 'red-bloc' could be found to comment but one young women who held a small child in her arms told us that "people everywhere are suffering and the government spends millions of Francs on these types of things. There is no justice here and generations from now people will thank us for standing up for what it right."
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