1924 Coup Attempt Remembered

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12/2/2013 9:04 AM
Category: Society

The Police and Border Guard commemorated yesterday's 89th anniversary of the attempted Bolshevik coup with a wreath-laying at Rahumäe cemetery.

Director General Elmar Vaher and the Northern prefecture led the ceremony.

In the early morning hours of December 1, 1924, insurgents attacked police stations and border guard facilities, also trying to seize barracks at Tondi and ministries.

Coming more than four years after the end of the War of Independence, the attacks shocked the nation. Twenty-six people were killed.

The minister of roads Karl Kark was assassinated at the central train station. Eleven soldiers, two border guards, five policemen, one other government worker and six civilians were killed. Several of the coup plotters - some of whom were Estonian - died in firefights with police as well

The coup was quashed by 10:00 that morning and the organizers captured several days later.


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