|First seen in:||The Peterloo Massacre|
|Dates:||16 August 1819|
|Location:||St Peter's Field|
|Working class protesters||The Manchester yeomanry|
|About 80,000 unarmed civilians||A legion of soldiers on horseback|
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The Peterloo Massacre was an event which occurred on 16 August 1819. The Fifth Doctor, Nyssa, and Tegan Jovanka materialised in Manchester two days before the massacre and were caught up in the conflict. It marked the beginning of the campaign of universal suffrage.
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The protest Edit
On the morning of Sunday 16 August 1819, the protesters gathered and began marching towards St Peter's Field. Many of them were dressed in their Sunday best. They carried several banners saying things like “Equal Representation”, “Vote by Ballot”, “Annual Parliaments”, and "Love". There were about eighty thousand protesters, much more than the city fathers expected.
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The Peterloo Massacre was a major turning point in the history of the working class. It inspired many to speak out and push for reform.
Percy Shelley wrote a poem about the massacre. The Fifth Doctor recited an excerpt of it to his companions:
- "Rise, like lions after slumber
- In unvanquishable number!
- Shake your chains to earth like dew
- Which in sleep had fallen on you:
- Ye are many — they are few!"