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Estevan Riot, also known as the Black Tuesday Riot, was a
confrontation between the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and
striking coal miners from nearby Bienfait, Saskatchewan which took
place in Estevan, Saskatchewan on September 29, 1931. The miners
had been on strike since September 7, 1931 hoping to improve their
wages and working conditions. They had been organized by the
Communist Party of Canada's trade union umbrella, the Workers Unity
League. Several hundred assembled in Estevan with their families to
parade through the city in order to draw attention to their strike.
The RCMP confronted them and attempted to block and break up the
procession. Violence broke out and the police opened fire on the
strikers, killing three of them. Many strikers were wounded and
arrested. The Riot was depicted in the controversial documentary
Prairie Giant: the Tommy Douglas Story, although Douglas was not
actually present. It remains a controversial event to this day in
Estevan. The three striking miners who were killed have the
inscription "murdered by RCMP" on their headstone, and locals have
alternately erased and restored these words up to the present day.
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