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A rising or rebellion of citizens against their government, usually manifested by acts of violence.

Under federal law, it is a crime to incite, assist, or engage in such conduct against the United States.


noun anarchy, defiance, disorder, disturbance, insubordination, insurgence, insurgency, motus, mutiny, noncompliance, outbreak, overthrow, political upheaval, rebellio, rebellion, resistance to government, revolt, revolution, riot, rising, seditio, sedition, uprising
See also: anarchy, commotion, defiance, disloyalty, mutiny, outbreak, outburst, rebellion, resistance, revolt, revolution, riot, sedition, treason

INSURRECTION. A rebellion of citizens or subjects of a country against its government.
     2. The Constitution of the United States, art. 1, s. 8. gives power to congress " to provide for calling forth the militia to execute the laws of the Union, suppress insurrections, and repel invasions."
     3. By the act of Congress of the 28th of February, 1795, 1 Story's L. U. S. 389, it is provided: Sec. 1. That whenever the United States shall be invaded, or be in imminent danger of invasion, from any foreign nation or Indian tribe, it shall be lawful for the president of the United States to call forth such number, of the militia of the state, or states, most convenient to the place of danger, or scene of action, as he may judge necessary to repel such invasion, and to issue his orders, for that purpose, to such officer or officers of the militia as be shall think proper. And in case of an insurrection in any state, against the government thereof, it shall be lawful for the president of the United States, on application of the legislature of such state, or of the executive, (when the legislature cannot be convened,) to call forth such number of the militia of any other state or states, as may be applied for, as he may judge sufficient to suppress such insurrection.
     4.-2 That, whenever the laws of the United States shall be opposed, or the execution thereof obstructed, in any state, by combinations too powerful to be suppressed by the ordinary course of judicial proceedings, or by the powers vested in the marshals by this act, it shall be lawful for the president of the United States to call forth the militia of such state, or of any other state or states, as may be necessary to suppress such combinations, and to cause the laws to be duly executed; and the use of militia so to be called forth may be continued, if necessary, until the expiration of thirty days after the commencement of the then next session of congress.
     5.-3. That whenever it may be necessary, in the judgment of the president, to use the military force hereby directed to be called forth, the president shall forthwith, by proclamation, command such insurgents to disperse, and retire peaceably to their respective abodes, within a limited time.

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Et cheikh Belhaddad etait toujours, poursuit l'animateur du forum, au-devant des insurrections et determine dans ses prises de decision.
The map, called "Slave Revolt in Jamaica, 1760-1761: A Cartographic Narrative," details a series of insurrections involving nearly 2,000 slaves in Jamaica against the British Empire.
and naming four enduring biblical images--Exile, Exodus, Ethiopia and Emmanuel--Callahan assembles an impressive collection of just how the "talking book" has, indeed, talked to revolutionaries, activists, scholars, artists, preachers and everyday people to ignite entire movements from slave insurrections to the Million Man March.
Wars Of Latin America, 1899-1941 is a scholarly survey of turbulent conflict in Latin America during an era when border quarrels and domestic insurrections marked the difficult transition of nations from agrarian to industrial societies.
Narratives of the insurrections, 1675-1690; original narratives of early American history.
A great many students came out of that strike, and out of a series of similar events around the country, convinced that still larger insurrections lay in the future, and that we and our new mass movement were going to join together with liberation movements in other parts of the world and finish off capitalism and its crimes once and for all.
troops dealing with insurrections across the length and breadth of Iraq, troop strength and morale being rapidly depleted, and the Iraq mission running out of money, the public is being subtly--but unmistakably--prepared to look to the UN for help.
That book was the first to attempt a systematic review of the best practices from nonviolent insurrections of the past, from Jesus to Gandhi, with chapters devoted to such topics as "Taunting High Officials" and "Protest Disrobings.
Coun Mahmood Hussain, Lord Mayor of Birmingham, unveiled a commemorative plaque to honour those who lost their lives during the First and Second World Wars, as well as insurrections in Brunei and Indonesia, in the Granville Street garden.
The evidence for this assertion involves the records of insurrections of the nineteenth century which show a remarkably high rate of arrest or casualties for the stonemasons in the uprisings of the 1830s, the June Days rebellion of 1848 and the Commune of 1871 (see Table 1).
Making matters worse, some of the illegals, like the boisterous Isaac Graham, mobilized other foreigners and got involved in supporting armed insurrections.