The Ludlow Massacre may be a relatively obscure event of the early 20th century history of the labour movement, but it nonetheless played an important role in the unionisation of America in the forties and the fifties, and in the establishment of labor protection laws. On April 20, 1914 members of the Colorado National Guard attacked a tent colony of striking coal miners and their families causing the deaths of 39 people including 2 women and 11 children.
“The Ludlow Massacre and the assassination of Greek immigrant and labour leader Louis Tikas (Elias Spantidakis) is one of the decisive moments of the American labour movement. It’s already an extremely important story for Americans, but for us, as Greeks, the connection is even deeper. We feel it’s an event that connects, a century later, 1914’s USA to the labour and immigrant demands in 2014 Greece”, Lamprini Thoma, producer of Palikari, told ThePressProject International.