A more truly national movement than that of the agitators who clamoured for parliamentary government.
In consequence the army organized a systematic opposition, and elected representatives styled Agitators or Agents to urge their claims.
The chief agitators were either sentenced to heavy terms of imprisonment or were compelled to flee the country.
The ministry was saved by a mere accident - the expulsion of Danish agitators from North Schleswig by the German government, which evoked a passion of patriotic protest throughout Denmark, and united all parties, the war minister declaring in the Folketing, during the debate on the military budget (January 1899), that the armaments of Denmark were so far advanced that any great power must think twice before venturing to attack her.
The occasion though not the cause of trouble arose from the partition of Bengal, which was represented by Bengali agitators as an insult to their mother country.