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- "Brissot, Madame Roland, all of them were an impediment to the Revolution! Whoever slows the Revolution is its enemy!"
- ―Andrés de Guzmán speaking to a crowd, 1794.[src]
|Andrés de Guzmán|
Guzmán moved to France in 1778, and his opulent aristocratic lifestyle nearly bankrupted him. At the height of the French Revolution, he joined the extreme radical camp of Jacques Hébert and the Enragés, becoming an intensely vocal opponent of the Girondists, particularly their policy of spreading the revolution through war. He often incited the crowd in the Louvre gardens and advocated polticial execution. Guzmán also became part of the Bande noire, a group of speculators who issued false bank notes and purchased various châteaux and abbeys.
After the Girondists were executed, the Assassin Council of the Parisian Brotherhood sent Arno Dorian to eliminate Guzmán as retribution for his role in the deaths of the Girondists. While Guzmán spoke under heavy guard to a crowd in the Louvre gardens on the downfall of the Girondists, Arno was able to kill him.