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Author Unknown: Dateline – Boston April 20
Scores Killed, Hundreds Injured as Para-Military
Extremists Riot in Boston Area
National guard units seeking to confiscate a cache
of recently banned assault weapons were ambushed on April
19th by elements of a paramilitary extremist faction.
Military and law enforcement sources estimate that 72 were
killed and more than 200 injured before government forces
were compelled to withdraw.
Speaking after the clash Massachusetts Governor
Thomas Gage declared that the extremist faction, which was
made up of local citizens, has links to the radical
right-wing tax protest movement. Gage blamed the extremists
for recent incidents of vandalism directed against internal
The governor, who described the group’s organizers
as “criminals,” issued an executive order authorizing the
summary arrest of any individual who has interfered with the
government’s efforts to secure law and order.
The military raid on the extremist arsenal followed widespread
refusal by the local citizenry to turn over recently outlawed
assault weapons. Gage issued a ban on military-style assault weapons
and ammunition earlier in the week.
This decision followed a meeting early this month
between government and military leaders at which the
governor authorized the forcible confiscation of illegal
arms. One government official, speaking on condition of
anonymity, pointed out “none of these people would have been
killed had the extremists obeyed the law and turned over
their weapons voluntarily.”
Government troops initially succeeded in
confiscating a large supply of outlawed weapons and
However, troops attempting to seize arms and
ammunition in Lexington met with resistance from heavily
armed extremists who had been tipped off regarding the
During a tense standoff in Lexington’s town park,
National Guard Colonel Francis Smith, commander of the
government operation, ordered the armed group to surrender
and return to their homes.
The impasse was broken by a single shot, which was
reportedly fired by one of the right-wing extremists.
Eight civilians were killed in the ensuing
exchange. Ironically, the local citizenry blamed
government forces rather than the extremists for the
civilian deaths. Before order could be restored, armed
citizens from surrounding areas had descended upon the guard
Colonel Smith, finding his forces overmatched by
the armed mob, ordered a retreat.
Governor Gage has called upon citizens to support
the state/national joint task force in its effort to restore
law and order. The governor has also demanded the surrender
of those responsible for planning and leading the attack
against the government troops.
Samuel Adams, Paul Revere, and John Hancock, who
have been identified as “ringleaders” of the extremist
faction, remain at large.
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