You can read 9 more articles this month
A MEMORIAL to the Peterloo Massacre in Manchester is at the centre of a row over access for disabled people.
To mark the 200th anniversary of the massacre, on August 16, Manchester City Council has commissioned a monument by Turner prize-winning artist Jeremy Deller.
Construction is under way on a site close to the massacre site at St Peter’s Fields that saw 60,000 people attend a public meeting to hear speakers calling for democracy.
Sabre-wielding troops attacked and 18 people are believed to have died, with 700 injured.
The new monument comprises circular steps rising to a central dais, but the steps prevent wheelchair users from reaching the dais at the centre, prompting a storm of protest.
Linda Burnip of Disabled People Against Cuts (DPAC) told the Morning Star: “Disabled and non-disabled people in Manchester have been trying to tell the council for months that this excludes disabled people.
“This is a monument to commemorate activists who were fighting for their rights. It is totally hypocritical.”
Brian Hilton, digital campaigns officer for Greater Manchester Coalition of Disabled People, said: “Manchester City Council is failing to deliver a fitting memorial.”
A council spokesman said: “Significant changes to the original design were made in response to this dialogue throughout the design’s development including the incorporation of a ramp and handrail and the replacement of tiles covering the memorial with stone to reduce slip hazards.”
He said more changes would mean the monument would not be ready for the August 16 commemorations.
You can’t buy a revolution, but you can help the only daily paper in Britain that’s fighting for one by joining the 501 club.
Just £5 a month gives you the opportunity to win one of 17 prizes, from £25 to the £501 jackpot.
By becoming a 501 Club member you are helping the Morning Star cover its printing, distribution and staff costs — help keep our paper thriving by joining!
You can’t buy a revolution, but you can help the only daily paper in Britain that’s fighting for one by become a member of the People’s Printing Press Society.
The Morning Star is a readers’ co-operative, which means you can become an owner of the paper too by buying shares in the society.
Shares are £1 each — though unlike capitalist firms, each shareholder has an equal say. Money from shares contributes directly to keep our paper thriving.
Some union branches have taken out shares of over £500 and individuals over £100.
You can’t buy a revolution, but you can help the only daily paper in Britain that’s fighting for one by donating to the Fighting Fund.
The Morning Star is unique, as a lone socialist voice in a sea of corporate media. We offer a platform for those who would otherwise never be listened to, coverage of stories that would otherwise be buried.
The rich don’t like us, and they don’t advertise with us, so we rely on you, our readers and friends. With a regular donation to our monthly Fighting Fund, we can continue to thumb our noses at the fat cats and tell truth to power.
Donate today and make a regular contribution.