Did you know that the word "terrorism" comes from the French word terrorisme, and originally referred specifically to "state terrorism" as practiced by the French government during the 1793–1794 Reign of terror?
The Reign of Terror (1793 – 1794) was a period of violence that occurred after the onset of the French Revolution. The Terror was marked by authoritarian regimes and mass executions of the "enemies of the revolution". The death toll ranged in the tens of thousands ; 80 % of the victims didn't belong to the nobility or the clergy.
Deportations and executions of political prisoners:
These execution will be organized methodically on massive scale such as the "drownings at Nantes". Thousands of people — including old people, women, children, babies, wounded or disabled — will be loaded on boats that will then be drowned into a river.
14-15 December 1793: the "Marat" (the soldiers of the Revolution) arrived to Bouffay's prison, most them are drunk. They are not quite ready to consult their lists, and pull the prisoners form their cells in haphazard. The prisoners are tied two by two on a stone after being stripped of their belongings and money and embarked on a the boat that will be drowned. [source]
October 13, 1794: 41 people are drowned in the Bay of Bourgneuf: 2 men (including a blind old man of 78 years), 12 women, 12 girls and 15 children (10 from 6 to 10 years, and 5 infants). [source]
I saw the drowning and the cutting into pieces of more than 800 people of all ages and sexes. Fouquet and some of his acolytes blame others for not knowing how to use their swords and took some example to show how it should be done. Since the boat were not sinking fast enough, they fired gunshots on the victims. The horrible cries of these unfortunate victims only motivated more their tormentors. The victims were undressed. They were completely naked. Women did asked to keep their shirts, but they were not allowed. Those who had robbed the victims of their belonging sold them the next morning to the highest bidder.
- Testimony of Wailly gunner. [source]
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