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  •  A better analogy is the Tennis Court Oath (3+ / 0-)
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    The taking of the Bastille was an armed attack, which is why it is a storming; the stormers were city folks; plenty of the defenders died, including the governor of the prison, who was beheaded and his head paraded around Paris on a spike.

    So, if you are looking for a French Revolution analogy, try  the dissolution of the Assemby of the Etats-Generaux by the King, 1/3 of whom were the Third Estate or the 99%:

    Mirabeau [who was a 1% by birth but there as a representative of the 99% of his city] surely sounded like an OWS when he declaredto the armed guards sent to evict the representatives:

    « Allez dire à ceux qui vous envoient que nous sommes ici par la volonté du peuple et que nous ne quitterons nos places que par la force des baïonnettes ! »

    Roughly translated, he said  :

    Go tell those who sent you that it is by virtue of peoples' wish that we are here and it is only at bayonet point that we will leave  our places  

    They occupied a royal tennis court [a kind of squash court] until the King granted them the right to assemble.  More at Wikipedia; the has the famous drawing by the artist David.

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    "Are you bluish? You don't look bluish," attributed to poet Roger Joseph McGough, for the Beatles' Yellow Submarine (1968).

    by BlueStateRedhead on Wed Nov 16, 2011 at 09:19:20 PM PST

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