The 'charge' or 'massacre' at Peterloo caused massive public
Anger swept the country and was unjustly directed at the
Meetings in many towns demanded that the Prince Regent
The government responded with the controversial
which attempted to clearly define the powers of local
government and the JPs.
Some historians believe that the Six Acts were repressive,
whilst others believe that they were a sensible response and
not unlike our anti–terrorism laws today.