HistoryPoints News

Feb 21, 2013

Killed for wanting secret ballots

Votes for all men, secret ballots and salaries for MPs are taken for granted today, but at least 22 people were shot dead ...

in Newport in 1839 when they took part in a protest for political reform. Soldiers installed in the Westgate Hotel fired from the windows, and the ringleaders were later sentenced to death. After a public outcry, they were exiled to Australia instead. It's important that today's young voters learn of the sacrifices that gave us our modern democracy, and the HistoryPoints QR codes at the former Westgate Hotel - in the window of Starbucks - allow anyone with a smartphone or tablet to read the story of that ill-fated protest. You can also read it here