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The reign of terror was unjustified because thousands of peo

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The reign of terror was unjustified because thousands of people were killed, the peasants and lower class citizens were not treated as well as the clergy, and it took away the peoples freedom.

The reign of terror was unjustified because thousands of citizens were executed for little to no reason.

Robespierre would send people to the guillotine if they simply were not as radical as him. He even killed many of the politicians if they did not agree with him.
A young man was once executed for cutting down a tree that was planted to represent liberty. This shows how ruthless Robespierre was and how the smallest things would cause a person to be executed.
The Committee of Public Safety and Robespierre decided to kill the whole city of Lyons because they opposed the authority of the National Convention. They killed a whole town just because they did not agree with the National Convention.
If the spring of popular government in time of peace is virtue, the springs of popular government in revolution are at once virtue and terror: virtue, without which terror is fatal; terror, without which virtue is powerless. Terror is nothing other than justice, prompt, severe, inflexible; it is therefore an emanation of virtue; it is not so much a special principle as it is a consequence of the general principle of democracy applied to our country's most urgent needs. -
Maximilien Robespierre, “On The Morals and Political Principles of Domestic Policy” Robespierre is trying to defend the reign of terror by saying that the terror was all for justice, even though most of the “crimes” that citizens were killed for, were not even crimes at all.
The reign of terror was unjustified because the peasants faced more consequences than the higher class citizens, like the clergy.
If a person in the clergy committed a crime, they would not have the same consequence as the peasant who committed the same crime.

72% of the people executed were the peasants. Only 6% were the clergy and the other 14% was made up of the middle class.
The peasants paid very high taxes during this time and the clergy did not have to pay any taxes at all.

The reign of terror was unjustified because it took away the peoples freedoms.
They recreated the calendars without Sundays because they felt that religion was dangerous. They even closed all of the churches in Paris, which led to cities and towns all over France to do the same.
People were afraid to say anything about or against Robespierre and the Committee of Public Safety, so it took away their right to freedom of speech.
It has been said that terror is the principle of despotic government. Does your government therefore resemble despotism? Yes, as the sword that gleams in the hands of the heroes of liberty resembles that with which the henchmen of tyranny are armed. Let the despot govern by terror his brutalized subjects; he is right, as a despot. Subdue by terror the enemies of liberty, and you will be right, as founders of the Republic. The government of the revolution is liberty's despotism against tyranny
. - Maximilien Robespierre, “On The Morals and Political Principles of Domestic Policy”
Counter Point
Citizens were executed if they acted against the National Convention, so they had a reason for being executed.
Counter Point
The peasants revolted and caused most o the reason for the reign of terror, so they should not have equal treatment of the people in the clergy.
Counter Point
The people needed to have their freedoms taken away because they could not control their actions.
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