Chairs Blog: 200th anniversary of the Peterloo Massacre

Published August 19, 2019 at 10:28

Peterloo massacre

Friday marked the 200th anniversary of the Peterloo Massacre. On this day, in 1819, at least 18 people, including four women and a child, died after a cavalry charged at thousands of people protesting poverty, hunger and lack of rights. Hundreds more were badly injured.

It remains one of the most violent events to ever occur at a political meeting in Britain. It was a watershed moment in the fight for a more fair and just democracy.

Clearly, as trade unionists it’s an important part of working people’s history and an event we commemorate each year.

Locally, the Lancashire Association of Trades Union Councils (LATUC) has sent letters to the police, army and the government urging them to remember the lessons of Peterloo and reaffirm that nothing like this could ever happen again.

We have to be constantly vigilant that our rights and freedoms people have sacrificed their lives for are not eroded or diminished.

To find out more about what happened at the Peterloo Massacre, visit

By Ben Greenwood, Branch Chair

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