Irish Demonstrate Against Military Service

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Details

Location

Dublin

Year

1918

Source

British Pathe

Format

35mm, film

black and white

Length

45sec

Silent

silent

Courtesy

British Pathé

Rights Holder

British Pathé

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Description

The Easter Rising lacked popular support but following the executions nationalist opinion began to alter. A new umbrella separatist party, Sinn Fein, was set up in 1917 and it won a number of by elections. The movement was given a considerable boost when, in March 1918, the government decided to impose conscription on Ireland. Sinn Fein took the lead in opposing conscription and reaped the benefit in the general election of December 1918 when it won 73 seats. The 45-seconds rather dark film shows people signing a petition of protest.

Shot List

Irish crowd protest against military service in the British Army. Large crowd scene. A man with his back to the camera and his right arm raised is reading an oath to the crowd. The crowd are similarly raising their right arms. View of men signing a petition. There are no intertitles with this newsreel.