Catapult [slingshot] used to shoot stones at windows. From November 1911, window smashing became a tactic of the militant WSPU. Over 200 women were arrested, many sentenced to up to two months in Holloway Gaol. The policy was intended to cause such disruption that the government would be forced to give in to the suffragettes' demands. Unfortunately the policy failed to change the government's position and often alienated public opinion against the cause.
Emmeline Pankhurst, leader of the militant suffragettes of London is arrested in 1912 for inciting disgruntled suffragettes to smash shop windows in all of the city's best neighborhoods in March 1912! Read the story and find out what happened next in "Two Presidential Mistresses and the Battle for Votes-for-Women" Photo COLORIZED by CoffeebreakReaders. Buy the book!
November 18, 2010...marks the 100-year anniversary of Black Friday, when 300 suffragettes went to protest at Westminster, and were met by 6,000 police men. It was the first suffragette protest that was met with police violence and many women were assaulted and arrested. They were protesting at Prime Minister Henry Asquith’s decision to to shelve the Conciliation Bill, which would have extended the vote to about 1,000,000 land-owning women in Britain at the time. The women were members of the Women’s Social and Political Union [WSPU], an unpopular movement famed for disruptive action [including chaining themselves to railings, smashing windows and disrupting public meetings.] On Black Friday over 200 protesters were arrested, and many were assaulted and manhandled.