The government needed to put down the uprising.
repress a revolt [riot]
to repress a rising of the people with the army
The armed force had to be called out to quell violence.
Order out the riot police to suppress the demonstrators
The riot police started to crack down on them.
The riot police started to crack down.
The police succeeded in quelling the riot.
The military were called in to deal with the riot.
They suppressed the riot by force of arms.
This touched off a new storm against violent repression.
The Dalai Lama fled Tibet in1959 after Chinese troops suppressed an uprising.
We have no alternative but to use revolutionary violence to suppress counter-revolutionary violence.
act or proceed in a riotous, turbulent, or disorderly way: desperadoes from the hills regularly roared in to take over the town-R.A.Billington.
putting down a violent fracas among prison inmates;
They tried to put down the rebellion by force.
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