Arrested under War Regulations


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The War Regulations Act passed in 1914 gave the government special powers to control the activities of the public. The War Regulations extended police powers to monitor and control ‘enemy aliens’, to suppress anti-war political meetings and publications, to imprison prostitutes, to force reluctant conscripts into uniform, and much else.

While the government saw these measures as necessary to ensure the success of the war effort, critics thought them heavy-handed impositions on individual civil liberties. The 16 individuals pictured were each imprisoned for a breach of wartime law. 

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