On December 30, 1915, crowds began to gather in the Mexican
city of Chapultepec
. Some were there for the New Year celebrations, but most came to hold a silent vigil in support of the imprisoned slaves
who were being tried en masse for treason
for joining an invading French army
the year before. Fighting broke out between the two groups, and when local police were unable to maintain order, soldiers were sent from Mexico City
to reinforce them.
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