1914 : Going to war

No’ to the War!

29 July 1914: Large pacifist meeting at the Cirque royal. The previous day, Austria-Hungary had declared war on Serbia. It had all begun a month earlier, when the heir to the Austro-Hungarian throne Archduke François-Ferdinand had been assassinated by Serbian nationalists in Sarajevo. In the context of diplomatic alliances, all Europe was threatened to go up in flame. While international tension was at its peak, pacifist currents were mobilized. On 29 July, a huge crowd gathered at the Cirque royal to say ‘no!’ to war.