LABOR SONG #21
TO THE VICTIMS OF JANUARY 9TH
The song expresses solidarity with the those unarmed demonstrators who were killed on January 9th, 1905, in St. Petersburg by the Imperial Guard of Tsar Nicholas II. This day became known as “Bloody Sunday” or “Red Sunday.” The workers were on strike in a number of urban centers in Russia, and, led by Father Georgy Capon, wanted to present a petition to the Tsar at the Winter Palace. This incident had grave consequences for the monarchy and is considered to be the beginning of the active phase of the Revolution of 1905. It was a key event that led, as well, to the Russian Revolution of 1917.
The video has an explanation of the event, and it uses the Gregorian calendar date of January 22nd rather than the Russian Julian calendar date of January 9th.
“…Killed, you, brothers, by the criminal hand of the
One who oppresses the people, sheds the
Working blood, and ruins the Native land…
Then we’ll come to your graves And say: “Die,
brothers! The night of arbitrariness was blurred by
the day of Equality, brotherhood, and happiness. ”