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Ghorman Massacre
Conflict

Imperial Period conflicts

Date

18 BBY

Place

Ghorman in the Sern sector

Outcome

Protestors killed and maimed

Combatants

Galactic Empire

Protestors

Commanders

Wilhuff Tarkin

Strength

Wilhuff Tarkin's vessel

Peaceful protestors

Casualties

None

Many protestors killed and injured

The Ghorman Massacre was an early atrocity committed by the Galactic Empire, c. 18 BBY.

Contents

Background

After the Declaration of a New Order, the galaxy was ruled with absolute power by Emperor Palpatine. Initially, many people of the new Empire enthusiastically supported the vision outlined in the Declaration of a New Order, largely due to the violence that had plagued the galaxy for so long. Many senators wholeheartedly supported the new government.

But the Empire's policy became increasingly despotic in nature. Non-Humans and women were excluded from much of this New Order, and atrocities committed by powerful regional governors became common. Peaceful demonstrations were organized against the Empire's policies throughout the galaxy.

The Massacre

A group of activists were protesting Imperial taxation on the planet Ghorman in the Sern sector. Wilhuff Tarkin's vessel was blocked by peaceful protesters who stood on the ship's landing pad and refused to move. With implied permission from Palpatine, Tarkin landed the ship anyway, right on the protestors, injuring and killing hundreds. An overwhelming majority were killed instantly. A lucky few escaped the ordeal with their lives, but sustained severe injuries, some later resulting in death.

Aftermath

Tarkin was promoted to the position of Admiral as a result of the massacre. The members of the former Delegation of 2000 were prompted by the tragedy to begin plotting open rebellion against the Empire, culminating in the formation of the Alliance to Restore the Republic some seventeen years later.

The massacre was commemorated every year on its anniversary by citizens throughout the galaxy.

The Alliance later named a Corellian gunship, the Ghorman's Honor, after the massacre's victims.

Behind the scenes

It is quite likely that the Ghorman Massacre is based on the Tiananmen Square massacre of 1989 which saw the communist government of the People's Republic of China running down peaceful protesters for democracy who refused to move with tanks.

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Sources

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