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(also Peterloo Massacre), a widely used name for the bloody events of Aug. 16, 1819, at St. Peter’s Fields in Manchester during a meeting in support of electoral reform.

At the command of city officials, units of the regular army attacked a crowd of several thousand unarmed men, women, and children. The soldiers included hussars who had taken part in the battle of Waterloo; hence the derisive name for the massacre. The demonstrators were mostly weavers from Manchester and the neighboring cities of Lancashire. The meeting was dispersed, 15 participants were killed, and more than 600 were wounded. The organizers of the meeting were arrested and charged with treason.


Cherniak, E. B. Demokraticheskoe dvizhenie v Anglii, 1816-1820. Moscow, 1957.
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