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June 28, 1816


Following a failed attempt to regulate the stocking knitting trade and form a Trade Society to promote their demands, textile workers in England attack mills in Loughborough, smashing 53 frames. Troops were used to end the riots, six men were executed, and another three were transported.

March 11, 1811


Stocking workers in Nottingham, England, gather to protest automation that was replacing their jobs and lowering their wages.  They then marched to the nearby town of Arnold, where they destroyed sixty knitting frames.  The riots spread and the Prime Minister decreed frame-breaking a capital offense a year later.  Seventeen workers were executed.

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