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Riot outside Colonial Building, 5 April 1932

As the Great Depression deepened, many people in Newfoundland and Labrador became increasingly dissatisfied with government efforts to relieve poverty and unemployment. On 5 April 1932, a public demonstration outside the Colonial Building in St. John’s escalated into a riot numbering 10,000 people. Prime Minister Sir Richard Squires escaped from the building with a police escort, but was voted out of office in an ensuing election.

Photographer unknown. Reproduced by permission of the Provincial Archives of Newfoundland and Labrador (PANL A2-160), St. John’s, Newfoundland.
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