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Remembering Liverpool’s “Bloody Sunday”

August 13, 2010

Today, members of the Liverpool Solidarity Federation distributed leaflets by St George’s Hall to raise peoples’ awareness of a pivotal moment in working class history. The Liverpool Transport Strike and the battle of August 13th, 1911 – our “Bloody Sunday.”

In August 1911 Liverpool was in the grip of widespread industrial action. Workers – including dockers, canal workers, seamen, railwaymen and carters – were united in the struggle for improved pay and conditions.

On August 13th, thousands of workers and their families gathered outside St George’s Hall to hear speakers including the renowned trade union leader, Tom Mann. At around 4pm, the police brutally baton charged the demonstrators, injuring dozens.

One eyewitness described the scene: “as policemen aiming cruel blows upon the heads of men, women and children…dozens lay bleeding and unconscious, citizens were to be seen lying helpless on the ground.”

Fighting erupted for several days between workers and the so-called forces of ‘law and order’.

You can read more about the strike and its background on LibCom, here.

We believe the event should be remembered not only as part of Liverpool’s history, but as part of our collective working-class history too. The 1911 transport strike is also a reminder that solidarity will be a crucial weapon in the battles ahead.

To download a PDF copy of the leaflet, click on the image above.

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