Northern Gas Gala

Community & Environment Protection Collective

Day 93 – Thursday 27th February

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There were no arrests today as iGas removed their thumper truck, a machine used for seismic surveying. There were reports of violent behaviour from the police towards the protectors.

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Day 91 – Tues 25th February

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This morning two individuals blockaded Barton Moss lane with a lock-on and arrested after they were moved from the road. Unfortunately their lock-on was made with additional broken glass and barbed wire, with the aim of hindering their release. The police removal team must not have asked if there was anything concealed within the lock-on and was reportedly left slightly injured.

This has caused some controversy with the Manchester Evening News reporting on blockade.

Northern Gas Gala alongside the Barton Moss Protection Camp released a statement following the report as it emerged the two individuals were not living at the camp but had come to take direct action against the convoy as many other groups and individuals have.

Protectors at the camp still attempted to stop the convoy once the blockade was moved.  One person was violently thrown to the floor by police, needing an ambulance for back injuries.

 

 

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Day 90 – Mon 24th February

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As the party atmosphere of Sunday’s Gig at the Rig  wore off, the iGas convoys were back at Barton Moss. The protectors were met by the now expected, heavy handed police tactics, with one reported arrest.

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Day 89 – Sun 23rd February

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The Gig at the Rig went off! There was an estimated 250 people from all over the country,enjoying the music, poetry and speeches. The event was a peaceful one which may or may not have had something to do with the absence of  the police. As the party starts to wind down, the protectors will be turning their thougths to tomorrow’s convoy.

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Day 87 – Fri 21st February

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The Barton Moss Protection Camp is set to continue as the court case earlier today was adjourned until March the 6th. Peel Holdings had issued an immediate possession order on the land next to Barton Moss lane, wanting to remove protectors this Sunday.

At the camp this morning there was another fantastic turn out to greet and escort the iGas convoy. However the police were up to their usual tricks with at least one reported arrest of a young girl.

Sunday is also the day of Gig at the Rig, starting at 1:30pm. See the Manchester Evening News for more details here. It’s going to be a busy one, even the Judge mentioned it in court today.

 

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Day 85 – Wed 19th February

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Protectors travelled from the camp to hold a protest outside Strangeways Prison in Manchester following two protectors being held on remand on Tuesday.

News emerged today of Rathlin Energy’s plans to begin frackign at two sites outside of Hull, East Yorkhire. See the Frack Off website for a full report here

Don’t forget the Gig at the Rig event this Sunday at the camp from 13:30pm. See the Facebook page for details.

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Day 84 – Tues 18th February

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There was another great turn out at Barton Moss for what would turn out to be a long and challenging day. Firstly police officers approached the protectors with a deal of no arrests if future convoy escorts were to last only an hour. The camp made it clear they have a right to protest and don’t need to make agreements with the police to do so.

Following the days convoy there two arrests, of an ex-service man now a fireman and a mother who had brought her children to the Kids Day event. There was also further aggressive and violent behaviour towards other protectors, something that is sadly becoming all too familiar.

Later on a legal representative handed the camp an immediate possession order on behalf of the land owners: Peel Investments and The Manchester Ship Canal Company both owned by The Peel Group.  The court hearing is at Manchester Crown Court on Friday.

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