Music Mondays: Sante Caserio

“Sante Caserio” – Pietro Gori

“Sante Caserio” – Pietro Gori (1894) Canti anarchici – Ateneo Libertario “Le bal des innocents” – Joseph Paris (2006)

Sante Geronimo Caserio (September 8, 1873 – August 16, 1894) was an Italian anarchist and the assassin of Marie François Sadi Carnot, President of theFrench Third Republic.

Caserio was born in Motta ViscontiLombardy. On June 24, 1894, he fatally stabbed President Carnot after a banquet, to avenge Auguste Vaillant and Emile Henry.

At his trial, Caserio described the assassination in detail:

I heard the “Marseillaise” and the cries of “Viva Carnot!” I saw the cavalry come up. I understood that the moment had come and I held myself ready. On seeing the President’s carriage I drew my dagger and threw away the sheath. Then, when the carriage was passing close by me, I sprang forward to the step, supported myself by resting my left hand on the carriage, and with my right hand buried the dagger in the President’s breast.[1]

The Board of Pardons decided against all appeals for clemency on August 14. Caserio was executed by guillotine inLyon at precisely 5am, August 16, 1894.[1] In front of the guillotine, he exclaimed “Coraggio cugini—evviva l’ anarchia!” (“Courage, cousins—long live anarchy!”)

Pietro Gori (14 August 1865 – 8 January 1911) was an Italian lawyer, journalist, intellectual and anarchist poet. He is known for his political activities,[1]and as author of some of the most famous anarchist songs of the late 19th century, including Addio a Lugano (“Farewell to Lugano“), Stornelli d’esilio(“Exile Songs”), Ballata per Sante Caserio (“Ballad for Sante Geronimo Caserio“).


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