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The Attempt to Assassinate King Leopold II of Belgium and the Arrest of Keir Hardie – 15 November 1902

In Brussels, on 15 November 1902, the Italian anarchist, Gennaro Rubin, attempted to assassinate King Leopold II of Belgium.

From a UK perspective, it’s very interesting to see that James Keir Hardie, who was staying in the Hotel Waterloo in Brussels at the time of the assassination attempt, was arrested by the Belgian police – oh, and very quickly released, too!

historical newspaper report on The Attempt to Assassinate King Leopold II of Belgium and the Arrest of Keir Hardie

The Midland Daily Telegraph – Monday 17 November 1902

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historical newspaper report on The Attempt to Assassinate King Leopold II of Belgium and the Arrest of Keir Hardie

The Yorkshire Evening Post – Monday 17 November 1902

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http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/viewer/bl/0000273/19021117/020/0006

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