From daily The Morning Star in Britain:
Hundreds gather to mark 1819 Peterloo Massacre
Monday 17th August 2015
HUNDREDS of people gathered in central Manchester yesterday to mark the 196th anniversary of the Peterloo Massacre.
The crowd was charged by sabre-wielding cavalry who slaughtered 15 people and injured between 400 and 700.
The outrage sparked protests across Britain, resulting in a vicious and draconian clampdown on pubic gatherings, which were outlawed.
Sixty people were present in 2011, this year it was well over 600.
It was named Peterloo after Saint Peter’s Square and the Battle of Waterloo a few years earlier.
Yesterday’s event included songs from the open-voice choir.
Banners were carried, mirroring those original demonstrations bearing words such as “equal representation or death.”
Among those taking part were two of the founders from 2009, Martin Gittens and Bob Ashworth.
Mr Ashworth said: “Martin had the idea seven years ago when five of us went to the site of the massacre. That was in 2009 and it’s grown from that. By 2019 we hope there will be tens of thousands.”