The Newport Rising Was The Last Large-scale Armed Rebellion Against Authority In ...
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Description: The Newport Rising was the last large-scale armed rebellion against authority in Great Britain , and one of the largest civil massacres committed by the British government in the 19th century. On 4 November 1839, almost 10,000 Chartist sympathisers, led by John Frost, marched on the town of Newport, Monmouthshire. The men, including many coal-miners, most with home-made arms, were intent on liberating fellow Chartists who were reported to have been taken prisoner in the town’s Westgate Hotel. About 22 demonstrators were killed when troops opened fire on them. The leaders of the rebellion were convicted of high treason and were sentenced to a traitor’s death. The sentence was later commuted to transportation for life.