MAIN 2012 RALLY - Come Along!
Time: 12 Noon, Sunday 19th August
Place: Plaza in front of G Mex / Manchester Central Convention Centre
The event is generating plenty of media coverage but we HAVE to get good numbers for the main rally. Council Leader Richard Leese commented to us that Peterloo was a 'minority interest', so let's get out there in large numbers to prove otherwise.
If there is only one Peterloo event you attend, make it this one!
Please bring flowers to lay at the foot of the Liberty Cap. Common or garden ones are totally appropriate.
The commissioning process for a memorial starts this autumn, and the plan is to allow just 3 councillors to make the decision in private. Our demand is that a range of designs are shortlisted and subjected to an indicative public vote.
For more details and updates see our facebook page
What is Peterloo?
On 16th August 1819 in St Peter's Fields, Manchester, armed cavalry charged a peaceful crowd of around 60,000 people gathered to listen to anti-poverty and pro-democracy speakers. It is estimated that 18 were killed, and over 700 seriously injured.
We are campaigning for a PROMINENT, EXPLANATORY and RESPECTFUL memorial to this major event in the history of Manchester and its people, and to those who died that day.
Brief history of the Peterloo Massacre
Maps showing the area of St Peter's Fields in 1816 and the modern day.
Are you related to a Peterloo protestor?
Carnegie Publishing Ltd have released a sample cross section of names from the full list of over 650 included in Professor Michael Bush's 2005 book 'The Casualties of Peterloo'.
Download the list here
Manchester City Council have committed to a new memorial to peterloo, which will be part of the redevelopment of the St Peter's Square area. We've been told that the artist's brief is that the memorial should somehow mark other significant Peterloo locations, such as the site of the hustings behind the Free Trade Hall.
We have been lobbying the Council to try and find out exactly what is happening and ensure there is some democratic input to the design of the memorial. Please contact your local Councillor to emphasise that the design must fit our criteria, and not be of a meaningless, abstract nature.
We have previously been succesful in getting a new commemorative plaque sited at the Radisson Hotel.
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