A drastic Irish Crimes Act is passed (54 words)

Historical Context Note

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The new Chief Secretary for Ireland, Arthur Balfour, pushes through Parliament a harsh Irish Crimes Act (known as the 'Coercion Act'), aimed at repressing the natoinalist practices of boycotting, intimidation and organised opposition to rent payments. As a result of this Act becoming law, hundreds of people are committed to prison, including twenty MPs.

Editors. "A drastic Irish Crimes Act is passed". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 30 December 2011
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