The Peterloo Massacre took place on this day, 16th August 1819 in St. Peter's Square, Manchester, when thousands of people from across the area converged on St.Peter's Square for a rally calling for greater Parliamentary representation for the North West. It was a peaceful protest. Soldiers attacked the unarmed protesters, resulting in 15 deaths including a baby and hundreds injured. The events horrified the whole country. A journalist named the event The Peterloo Massacre, after St.Peter's Square, and also after the Battle of Waterloo, which had taken place four years earlier. An official committee has been set up, Peterloo2019, to organise the commemorations in 2019, and Salford born film director, Mike Leigh is directing a new film about the Massacre.
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