What actions were undertaken by those involved in the movements against conscription of men as soldiers?
Religious objectors would not serve in the Army Service Unit or Medical Corps during the war while refusing to wear uniforms for non-combatant roles.73 conscientious objectors had been exempted for religious reasons but in Trentham Military Camp, 15 religious objectors refused to do any work or wear uniforms. They were sentenced to two years imprisonment with hard labour.The Labour Party leaders were imprisoned for sedition. They held resistance to authority which caused disruption in the government.By the end of the First World War in 1918, 287 men had been charged with sedition, 208 convicted and 71 had been sent to prison.
What were the social and political features of the protests during the First World War?
War was seen as a method in which the rich advanced their interests and gained wealth.Conscription lead to the exploitation of working class men at the front line.Censorship regulations limited freedom of speech.Charges of sedition led to imprisonment for other local labour workers was a result of the conscription that they opposed.The government responded to the worker’s threats to strike with war regulations that defined the sedition.This included, inciting disaffection, disorder and class hostility, interfering with recruitment and the production of essential goods.
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