When will we have Evin Day?!


When will we have Evin Day?!
by Troneg

In the eve of July 14, would we be tough enough for a new revolution, I hope so and may be one day we will have our Evin Day


For many people the main event of the French Revolution is the storming of the Bastille on July 14th 1789. July 14th is a national holiday in France celebrating the Revolution. Nonetheless, Louis XVI wrote in his diary for that day - "July 14th; nothing." Little did he know that the events that had taken place in Paris (he was at the Palace at Versailles) that would forever be associated with the downfall of the French Monarchy.

The Bastille was a castle with eight towers, looming large over the working class district of St Antoine to the East of Paris. For several months there had been rumours of all kinds of dangers ranging from bands of bandits, evil aristocrats intentionally starving the people, or the king concentrating troops around Paris in preparation for a violent suppression of the people. On July 12th the news that the king had relieved the popular Necker of his position as minister. Street orators began to warn of a forthcoming 'St Bartholemew's' against the 'patriots'.

On July 13th the deputies of the third estate, based at the Town Hall, formed a committee to run the affairs of the state and a civic militia to keep order. The next day the mob took possession of some 3000 rifles and a few cannon then headed for the Bastille to find more arms.

The ancient forteress that dominated all of eastern Paris was being used as a prison under the command of the Marquis de Launay since 1776 was only weakly manned with 30 Swiss Guards and 85 Invalides. De Launay tried to parley with the mob and even agreed to pull back the cannon positioned high on the ramparts. His mistake was to let the crowd get into the outer courtyards.

Nobody can know where the first shot came from. Perhaps from the guards, or even de Launay, who is said to have 'lost his head before it was cut off for him!'.1 The situation immediately descended into chaos. Some of the defenders changed sides and turned the fortress's cannon against the defenders. After four hours of fighting, de Launay capitulated on the promise of his safe conduct. He and some of his officers were taken to the Town Hall and murdered along with Flesselles, the hated Prévôt des Marchands. Their heads were mounted on poles and paraded around. Meanwhile, the handful of prisoners kept in the Bastille were freed; two madmen, a profligate and four forgers.

When the king did finally hear the news of these events, he agreed to dismiss the troops camped near the capital, re-instated Necker and donned the red-white-and-blue cocard; the symbol of the new France.

It was later that this event came to symbolise the Revolution.




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by Darius Kadivar on

Or Revolutionary for that matter.

That Said Good Article even if I would consider a Truly Revolutionary Statement today would be to call for the Restoration of the Monarchy BUT in its Constitutional Form.

It would also be a logical continuation of a century old struggle that started in 1906 which was to give Iran a Constitution and a Parlimentary Democracy.

I think that if we were to objectively draw parallels between Iran's contemporary history and that of Europe, Great Britain is more adequate a comparison.

From this perspective I think that the Islamic Revolution of 79 and its aftermath ressembles more what Cromwell did when he overthrew the Absolute Monarch Charles Ist and established a Theocratic Republic that lasted for several decades. After Cromwell's death the impossible idea of a Restoration of the Monarchy became the only option in order to achieve a national reconciliation and a Secular State. The Son of the Beheaded King, Charles II was put on the Throne but Never again could he dictate to the Parliament his conditions.

Ever since Great Britain has been a Parlimentary Democracy and achieved it several decades before the Bloody French Revolution and with less human casualties in comparison.

Nevertheless your wrote an interesting and inspiring article.

One Note however. The Bastille had only a small number of prisoners at the time of its destruction by the Revolutionaries and none were political prisoners. I believe amongst one of the prisoners was even the infamous Marquis de Sade ...

But Obviously the symbolism of its fall was probably more striking than the real truth of the time given that the prison had a bad reputation and many political prisoners were held there over the years..

Louis XVI could have been a perfect Constitutional King and according to historians he was the less ruthless of all French Kings to date. An Intelligent man but for the wrong time.

But that is another debate.

Warm regards,



Thank You!

by Yana on

I had not seen this one!

maziar 58


by maziar 58 on

oui ...but those were francs of 1789.....  And these are barbars of 14oo.

still love your good intentions. Maziar