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23rd August, 1927 : Their long fight for freedom over, Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti walked calmly to their death in the electric chair this morning in Massachusetts. The two Italian-born anarchists were convicted six years ago of murdering a paymaster and a guard of a shoe factory during a payroll hold-up. In the years since, theirs has been a cause celebre throughout the world, with thousands of people holding demonstrations to proclaim the men’s innocence. As he seated himself in the electric chair shortly after midnight, Sacco cried out: “Long live anarchy”. He was dead in a few minutes.

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