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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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Frustrated by exile, and largely inactive in other struggles, the insurrectionists found an outlet for their energies in sectarianism.
If there were any force which should be representing new ideas then it should be the Lib Dems but the quirks of history have thrown up a rump of nice middle class do-gooders, rural insurrectionists, a few Celtic misfits and an unhealthy number of oddballs.
In "Remembering Nat Turner," Brown retells in eloquent free verse the historic story of the fiercest of the black insurrectionists.
Nobody expects Peru's revolutionaries and insurrectionists of 1995 to take an approach similar to that of APRA in the 1940s, but the more traditional opposition parties are bound to reduce friction as they fall in behind the flag in the battle against Ecuador.
It has to force the insurrectionists to hand over power to the legitimate president because it is not possible for a sect to seize control through force.
He says Egypt faces a tough, prolonged campaign against violent insurrectionists.
The so-called amendment to the constitution in Sudan is nothing but a constitutional coup in broad daylight to legitimize an act originally lacking and missing legitimacy by the Insurrectionists and gang of putschists.
The goals of the insurrectionists were multiple and sometimes conflicted with each other.
Wingate won the Distinguished Service Order in Palestine, leading Special Night Squads against Arab insurrectionists who were assassinating British officials and Jewish settlers during the period 1936-1938.
The repressions hitting insurrectionists as well as ordinary citizens were the cruellest in the Kingdom of Poland, which existed as a political unit created and controlled by the Russian Empire, with Warsaw as its capital.
The law that attempted to shut down Herndon's (until then) successful organizing efforts was one that had been revised in 1871 to indict all insurrectionists, regardless of the race of the offender, who made "any attempt, by persuasion or otherwise, to induce others to join in any combined resistance to the lawful authority of the State.
That Colonels Drapeau and Henry and Messrs Proulx and Gauthier react to adversity like civilized human beings and not like violent insurrectionists of the type Rose-Martland envisions his one million as being is no surprise.