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Martial law

Martial law


1775   American Revolution: British general Thomas Gage declares martial law in Massachusetts. The British offer a pardon to all colonists who lay down their arms. There would be only two exceptions to the amnesty: Samuel Adams and John Hancock, if captured, were to be hanged.

1916   Easter Rebellion: The United Kingdom declare martial law in Ireland.

1916   Easter Rebellion: Martial law in Ireland is lifted and the rebellion is officially over with the surrender of Irish nationalists to British authorities in Dublin.

1917   British General Edmund Allenby enters Jerusalem on foot and declares martial law.

1924   Teheran, Persia comes under martial law after the American vice-consul, Robert Imbrie, is killed by a religious mob enraged by rumors he had poisoned a fountain and killed several people.

1932   Martial law is declared in Honduras to stop revolt by banana workers fired by United Fruit.

1949   The Kuomintang regime declares martial law in Taiwan.

1958   President of Pakistan Iskander Mirza, with the support of General Ayub Khan and the army, suspends the 1956 constitution, imposes martial law, and cancels the elections scheduled for January 1959.

1958   Iskander Mirza, the first President of Pakistan, is deposed in a bloodless coup d'├ętat by General Ayub Khan, who had been appointed the enforcer of martial law by Mirza 20 days earlier.

1961   American civil rights movement: Alabama Governor John Malcolm Patterson declares martial law in an attempt to restore order after race riots break out.

1972   Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos signs Proclamation No. 1081 placing the entire country under martial law.

1972   Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos announces over television and radio the implementation of martial law.

1980   General Chun Doo-hwan of South Korea declares martial law in order to suppress student demonstrations.

1981   General Wojciech Jaruzelski declares martial law in Poland to prevent dismantling of the communist system by ''Solidarity''.

2006   The Thai military stages a coup in Bangkok. The Constitution is revoked and martial law is declared.