A notice to ban meetings in Trafalgar Square; 1887

Metropolitan Police

 
A notice to ban meetings in Trafalgar Square; 1887
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A printed proclamation issued by the Metropolitan Police ordering a ban on public meetings in Trafalgar Square. This notice would have been pasted in public areas around the Square.
In February 1886 and November 1887, mass demonstrations by thousands of unemployed men and women brought tension to the political heart of the capital. Frightened West End residents petitioned the government to close Trafalgar Square, so often the focal point for large demonstrations. On the 8th November, Charles Warren, Metropolitan Police Commissioner, issued this notice in an attempt to ban all public meetings in the square. However the demonstrations continued, and the following Sunday a riotous crowd clashed with police and the military. This event known as ‘Bloody Sunday’ resulted in 200 injuries and the death of three protestors.

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