Two individuals blockaded the iGas convoy for an hour and a half today with a lock-on. The Greater Manchester Police, Tactical Aid Unit showed up again with their usual aggressive and violent behaviour. There were four arrests in total as police tried to intervene with the march that escorted the convoy.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Following Saturday’s appalling display of violence from the Greater Manchester Police, protectors from far and wide turned up at the protection camp to meet the convoy of lorries. Unfortunately the policing tactics were just as aggressive, with reports of shoving and kicking by the police line behind the protector’s march. Two individuals sat down in protest and were then arrested.