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October 6, 1896, Rizal was Taken from Montjuich Castle to a Ship to Sail Back to Manila

At 3:00 a.m. on October 6, 1896, Dr. Jose Rizal was awakened by the guards and escorted to the grim and infamous prison-fortress named Montjuich castle (Castell de Montjuïc) a political prison associated with many cruelties in Montjuich, Barcelona, Spain. he spent the whole morning in a cell.

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About 2:00 in the afternoon, he was taken out of prison by the guards and brought to the headquarters of General Despujol. The same General who had decoyed him into the power of the Spaniards four years before. An interesting interview of some hours’ duration took place between the governor and the prisoner, in which the clear conscience of the latter seems to have stirred some sense of shame in the man who had so dishonorably deceived him.

In the interview, the discourteous general told Rizal that he would be shipped back to Manila on board the transport ship (mail boat) Colon which was leaving that evening. After the interview, Rizal was taken aboard the ship which was “full of soldiers and officers and their families.” At 8:00 p.m., October 6, the ship left Barcelona, with Rizal on Board. He was given a second class cabin and was held incommunicado.

This happened after Rizal had been arrested while on his way to Cuba, where he was volunteering for a medical mission.

Sources:

Zaide, Gregorio F. And Zaide, Sonia M. Jose Rizal: Life, Works and Writings of a Genius, Writer, Scientist and National Hero. Zaide House, 24 Pittsburgh St. Silangan, Cubal, Quezon City: Philippines, 2011.

http://www.gutenberg.org. The Project Gutenberg. EBook of Lineage, Life and Labors of Jose Rizal: Philippine Patriot, by Austin Craig.

http://www.kahimyang.com

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