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Why were the Tolpuddle Martyrs arrested?

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Quote1 Some employers agreed to raise pay or at least not cut it. There were even reports of farmers smashing their own machines to prevent attacks. Many attacks were headed-off with one-off payments or beer. But fear of attack quickly turned to determination to crush the rebels. To stop the revolt, the farmers recruited special constables and turned to the militia to suppress the uprising. Marauding farm labourers were no match for armed soldiers and ring-leaders were soon arrested. Quote2
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