HC Deb 17 March 1882 vol 267 cc1137-8

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department, If his attention has been drawn to a meeting of Social Democrats and Nihilists, held at the Social Democratic Club in Soho on Monday last, and largely attended by individuals of all nationalities, to commemorate the assassination of the late Emperor of Russia; whether he is aware that one of the speakers (an Englishman) did not allude to the assassination of the Tsar as "justifiable homicide," and propound the theory that "the English democracy should aid the Russian democracy in throwing off the yoke of Russian despotism;" whether London has not been, for some months, the centre of the "International;" and, whether Her Majesty's Government are prepared to tolerate meetings called for the expressed purpose of glorifying murder and encouraging assassination? The hon. Member said he should also like to ask whether the right hon. and learned Gentleman had any reason to suppose that those who took part in the meeting were members of any of the numerous Liberal or Radical Caucuses?


I have made inquiry; but I have no information at all to the effect or purport of the facts stated in the hon. Member's Question.