There were a number of specific things that the British did. For example, the British (in the Stamp Act of 1765) took away the right to trial by jury for people who were accused of violating that law. The British also passed the Quartering Act, which allowed the British army to house its troops in the private homes of colonists. After the Boston Tea Party, the British government took away the right of the colonists in Massachusetts to have their own local governments. All of these are examples of specific actions that the colonists saw as violations of their civil liberties.