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In the English city of Birmingham, Catholic rioters protest an anti-Catholic meeting

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06/16/1867

In the industrial city of Birmingham in central England, a series of lectures denouncing Roman Catholicism from the well-known anti-Catholic lecturer William Murphy was disrupted when Catholics gathered and rioted in the surrounding streets.  The disturbances continued into the evening when a large force of police, armed with cutlasses, dispersed the mob.  There were injuries on both sides and twenty-six people were arrested.  Fears that a counter riot would attack Catholic buildings in the city were not realized, though the city passed several more tension-filled days.  (By John Osborne)

Source Citation: 

"Chronicle of Remarkable Occurences in 1867", The Annual Register or a View of the History and Politics of the Year 1867 (London: F. & J. Rivington, 1868), 79-82.

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