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the republic.
"Mr. President of the republic...
...permit me to tell you
that your record without blame so far...
...is threatened with a most shameful blot:
This abominable Dreyfus affair.
A court-martial has recently, by order...
...dared to acquit one Esterhazy,
a supreme slap at all truth, all justice.
But since they have dared,
I too shall dare.
I shall tell the truth.
Because if I did not...
...my nights would be haunted
by the specter of a man...
...expiating, under the most frightful
torture, a crime he never committed.
It is impossible for honest people
to read the bill of accusation...
...against Dreyfus
without being overcome with indignation...
...and crying out their revulsion.
Dreyfus knows several languages. Crime.
He works hard. Crime.
No compromising papers are found
in his apartment. Crime.
He goes occasionally
to the country of his origin. Crime.
He endeavors to learn everything. Crime.
He's not easily worried. Crime.
He is easily worried. Also a crime.
The minister of war,
the chief of the general staff...
...and the assistant chief never doubted
that the famous bordereau...
...was written by Esterhazy...
...but the condemnation of Esterhazy
involved revision of the Dreyfus verdict...
...and that the general staff
wished to avoid at all cost.
For over a year, the minister of war
and the general staff have known...
...that Dreyfus is innocent...
...but they have kept this knowledge
to themselves.
And those men sleep...
...and they have wives
and children they love.
One speaks of the honor of the army.
The army is the people of France
themselves...
...and the Dreyfus affair is a matter
pertaining to that army.
Dreyfus cannot be vindicated without
condemning the whole general staff.
That is why the general staff
has screened Esterhazy:
To demolish Dreyfus once more.
Such, then, Mr. President,
is the simple truth.
It is a fearful truth.
But I affirm, with intense conviction...
...the truth is on the march,
and nothing will stop it.
Mr. President...
...I accuse Colonel Dort of having been
the diabolical agent of the affair...
...and of continuing to defend
his deadly work...
...through three years
of revolting machination.
I accuse the minister of war
of having concealed decisive proofs...
...of the innocence of Dreyfus.
I accuse the chief of staff
and assistant chief of staff...
...of being accomplices in the crime.
I accuse the commander of the Paris
garrison of the most monstrous partiality.
I accuse the war office of having
viciously led a campaign...
...to misdirect public opinion
and cover up its sins.
I accuse the first court-martial
of violating all human rights...
...in condemning a prisoner
on testimony kept secret from him.
And finally...
...I accuse the Esterhazy court-martial...
...of covering up this illegality by order,
thus, in turn...
..mitting the judicial crime
of acquitting a guilty man.
In making these accusations,
I am aware that I render myself...
...open to persecution for libel,
but that does not matter.
The action I take is designed
only to hasten...
...the explosion of truth and justice.
Let there be a trial
in the full light of day.
I am waiting."
The reputation of the army is in danger
if we overlook this attack of Zola.
We can't allow him to go on.
I'll see to that.
Brucker, Montaigne, Marsac.
I have special work for you.
A fine state our country is in...
...if a fellow like Zola dares to tell us
how our army is rotten.
Stop that!
What are you doing?! Stop it!
Burn the traitors Dreyfus and Zola!
- There's Zola himself.
- Let's get him.
- mile, what's happened to you?
- A big crowd. They were after me.
- Is it because of...?
- Yes. My article, "I Accuse...!"
No matter what happens... But I'm afraid
there will be more serious trouble for you.
Monsieur Zola.
This man has been waiting
for you all afternoon, mile.
There it is.
It's the court summons.
"

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