Manchester, Peterloo Riots
On 16th August, approximately 50,000 people gathered at St. Peter's Fields, Manchester, to listen to speeches protesting against the working conditions in England. AlthoughManchester had a population of some 200,000, the city didd not have an M. P. Amongst those present was Henry "Orator" Hunt. As the mood grew angrier the local magistrates lost their heads and ordered the reading of the Riot Act. When this failed to calm things down,the yeomantnry were ordered to charge killing eleven people and injuring 400. The term "Massacre of Peterloo" was an ironic reference to Waterloo and was a crucial event in English social history.
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