Today’s convoy turned around and left Barton Moss following the court ruling that the road leading to the iGas site is a public footpath. An all day blockade delayed trucks to the point of giving up as police were powerless to intervene.
Three months of persistent peaceful protest in the face of terrible weather, unproven allegations, police stitch ups and police violence have started to pay off. Let’s hope with continued support from locals and supporters from all over the world we see more convoys retreating from Barton Moss.
The Manchester Evenign News report on yesterday’s court ruiling concerning Barton Moss Lane can be read here.
There was an astounding ten arrests today as several protectors had a sit in on the road holding up the convoy for many hours. Nine of the arrestees were released with one individual due in court tomorrow.
Today there was a lock-on preventing the convoy leaving the iGas site from moving for over 6 hours. The leader of the Green Party, Natalie Bennett also visited the camp with her supporters and met up with protectors on the march.
Today ‘s deliveries were accompanied by the police as normal, not that they were missed yesterday by anyone at the camp.
As the deliveries came in three protectors headed to Swinton Civic Centre, locking on in the foyer in protest at the Government’s attempts to bribe local councils such as Salford Council to allow fracking to take place in their areas.
“The protectors are here protesting against Salford Council’s allowance of IGas to do exploratory drilling with a view to fracking at Barton Moss” said Darren Nesbit, an observer from the Camp “We’ve had one of the protectors, Boris, here on the lawn of the Civic Centre for the last few weeks and we attended the demo at the full Council meeting recently.”
More equipment entered the iGas site at Barton Moss today, but not before two brave protectors blockaded the road with a lock-on! They were subsequently arrested but appeared to be in high spirits none the less. Other protectors escorted the vehicle in and out of the site, slowing their progress down.
The weekend and Solidarity Sunday are fast approaching. Come down to Barton Moss from 1pm and let the world know that we don’t need fracking! See the event here.
Today has seen protests and lock-ons at Total petrol pumps in Bolton and Preston here in the North West and at other sites across the country. These protests come in response to the news that Total are to invest in the UK shale gas industry.
See the Manchester Evening News report on the Bolton protest here.
Members of the Faslane Peace Camp have travelled down to Barton Moss this weekend. Faslane is the world’s longest running peace camp, set up in opposition to the Trident missile submarines based in the area. They will be bringing a wealth of experience with them, providing workshops and offering advice. So make sure you head down before the weekend is out, to meet some truly inspirational people.