Actors Christopher Eccleston and Maxine Peake spoke in memory of civilians killed and injured by government troops in 1819

Hundreds of people have gathered in Manchester to remember “Britain’s Tiananmen Square”, as calls grow to include the Peterloo massacre on the national curriculum.

An estimated 18 people were killed on 16 August 1819 when government troops, plus local yeomanry, charged into a crowd of 60,000 protesters who had gathered at St Peter’s Field in central Manchester to demand the reform of parliamentary representation. Over 650 others were injured, some stabbed with sabres, others trampled by horses.

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