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Post by Syl on Fri Aug 16, 2019 11:25 pm

200 years ago today a 2 year old boy was butchered, followed by 17 others, 700 people were maimed and injured, all because they attended a peacful anti poverty  protest in Manchester,
Families, some taking picnics made their way from surrounding northern towns, to gather together on a hot august afternoon, little knowing the day would turn into a bloodbath.
Not many people outside of Manchester are aware of the Peterloo massacre.
Today in the city, there has been commemerations for the people who died so working class men and women could live a better life.

"On the 16th of August 1819 the huge open area around what's now St Peter's Square, Manchester, played host to an outrage against over 60,000 peaceful pro-democracy and anti-poverty protesters; an event which became known as 
The Peterloo Massacre.

An estimated 18 people, including four women and a child, died from sabre cuts and trampling. Nearly 700 men, women and children received extremely serious injuries. All in the name of liberty and freedom from poverty.

The Massacre occurred during a period of immense political tension and mass protests. Fewer than 2% of the population had the vote, and hunger 
was rife with the disastrous corn laws making bread unaffordable. "



http://www.peterloomassacre.org/history.html

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Post by Syl on Fri Aug 16, 2019 11:46 pm

By Samuel Bamford, 1788 - 1872.
Bamford was arrested after the massacre, and imprisoned for a year.



"In about half an hour after our arrival the sounds of music and reiterated shouts proclaimed the near approach of Mr Hunt and his party; and in a minute or two they were seen coming from Deansgate, preceded by a band of music and several flags. 

Their approach was hailed by one universal shout from probably 80,000 persons. They threaded their way slowly past us and through the crowd, which Hunt eyed, I thought, with almost as much of astonishment as satisfaction. This spectacle could not be otherwise in his view than solemnly impressive. 

Such a mass of human beings he had not beheld till then. His responsibility must weigh on his mind. The task was great, and not without its peril. The meeting was indeed a tremendous one. 

Mr Hunt, stepping towards the front of the stage, took off his white hat, and addressed the people. 

We had got to nearly the outside of the crowd, when a noise and strange murmur arose towards the church. Some persons said it was the Blackburn people coming, and I stood on tiptoe and looked in the direction whence the noise proceeded, and saw a party of cavalry in blue and white uniform come trotting, sword in hand, round the corner of a garden wall, and to the front of a row of new houses, where they reined up in a line. 
"The soldiers are here," I said; "we must go back and see what this means." "Oh," someone made reply, "they are only come to be ready if there should be any disturbance in the meeting." "Well, let us go back," I said, and we forced our way towards the colours. 

On the cavalry drawing up they were received with a shout of goodwill, as I understood it. They shouted again, waving their sabres over their heads; and then, slackening rein, and striking spur into their steeds, they dashed forward and began cutting the people..."

"Stand fast," I said, "they are riding upon us; stand fast". 

The cavalry were in confusion: they evidently could not, with all the weight of man and horse, penetrate that compact mass of human beings and their sabres were plied to hew a way through naked held-up hands and defenceless heads; and then chopped limbs and wound-gaping skulls were seen; and groans and cries were mingled with the din of that horrid confusion. 

Many females appeared as the crowd opened; and striplings or mere youths also were found. Their cries were piteous and heart-rending, and would, one might have supposed, have disarmed any human resentment: but here their appeals were in vain. 

In ten minutes from the commencement of the havoc the field was an open and almost deserted space. The sun looked down througha sultry and motionless air. The curtains and blinds of the windows within view were all closed. 

The hustings remained, with a few broken and hewed flag-staves erect, and a torn and gashed banner or two dropping; whilst over the whole field were strewed caps, bonnets, hats, shawls, and shoes, and other parts of male and female dress, trampled, torn, and bloody.
Several mounds of human being still remained where they had fallen, crushed down and smothered. Some of these still groaning, others with staring eyes, were gasping for breath, and others would never breathe more. 

All was silent save those low sounds, and the occasional snorting and pawing of steeds. 




Source: Passages in the Life of a Radical, 1864

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Post by 'Wolfie on Sat Aug 17, 2019 10:41 am

Suspect

I wonder how that Cavalry unit rewrote their Regimental history to hide their slaughter of innocent picknicking British citizens ?

Or,  maybe they simply lost any record of that brief period,  pretending it never happened..


Shades of the FBI attacking native American Indians in recent years, by orders from mining and oil interests.

Or NSW police being used against peacefully protesting coalminers in the 1920s and 1930s, the police in cahoots with the mine owners..

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Post by nicko on Sat Aug 17, 2019 11:16 am

Or US cavalry slaughtering Indians ?
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Post by Syl on Sat Aug 17, 2019 1:27 pm

WhoseYourWolfie wrote:Suspect

I wonder how that Cavalry unit rewrote their Regimental history to hide their slaughter of innocent picknicking British citizens ?

Or,  maybe they simply lost any record of that brief period,  pretending it never happened..


Shades of the FBI attacking native American Indians in recent years, by orders from mining and oil interests.

Or NSW police being used against peacefully protesting coalminers in the 1920s and 1930s, the police in cahoots with the mine owners..

They were congratulated.

"The speakers and organizers were put on trial, at first under the charge of High treason - a charge that was reluctantly dropped by the prosecution. The Hussars and Magistrates received a message of congratulations from the Prince Regent, and were cleared of any wrong-doing by the official inquiry."

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Post by Syl on Sat Aug 17, 2019 1:36 pm

The sad thing is, no local schools to my knowledge taught pupils about the Peterloo massacre, even though it was on our doorstep and had such a profound effect on future generations.


I have heard more about the massacre now as people honour the victims 200 years after the event  than I ever did at school in  history lessons.The Peterloo massacre. 2190311264

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