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In August 1819, an estimated 60,000 people in their Sunday Best marched from the surrounding mill towns of Manchester to St Peter’s Field, demanding parliamentary reform. At the time, the entire county of Lancashire had 2 MPs representing one million people, Old Sarum in Wiltshire had 2 MPs elected by one voter. Magistrates ordered the arrest of the organiser, Henry Hunt, and the other speakers; the Yeomanry Cavalry drew sabres and charged the crowds, killing 15 and injuring 654. The massacre was given the name Peterloo in an ironic comparison to the Battle of Waterloo, which had taken place four years earlier.
Join us on August 18th to mark the anniversary of the Peterloo Massacre, meeting in St Peter’s Square at 3pm. We will take the tram to Rochdale and retrace the steps of the roughly 6,000 people who walked to Manchester down the Rochdale canal to demand their voices be heard.
"Taxation without representation is unjust and tyrannical."