The Paris Commune 1871

To the People

Written: 19 March 1871;
Translated: from the original for by Mitch Abidor;
CopyLeft: Creative Commons (Attribute & ShareAlike) 2005.

The people of Paris have shaken off the yoke that the others tried to impose on them.

Calm, impassible in their strength, they awaited without fear or provocation the shameless madmen who wanted to touch the Republic.

This time our brothers in the army didn’t want to lay hands on the holy arc of our freedoms. We give thanks to everyone, and may Paris and France together lay down the foundation for a republic acclaimed in all ways, the only government that will forever close the era of invasions and civil wars.

The state of siege is lifted.

The people of Paris are convoked in their sections for communal elections.

The security of all citizens is assured by the cooperation of the National Guard.

Hotel-de-Ville, Paris, March 19, 1871

The Central Committee of the National Guard,

Assi, Billioray, Ferrat, Babick, Edouard Moreau, C. Dupont, Varlin, Boursier, Mortier, Gouhier, Lavalette, Fr. Jourde, Rousseau, Ch. Lullier, Blanchet, J. Grollard, Barroud, H. Geresme, Fabre, Pougeret