Police violence reared its ugly head again at Barton Moss with one protector being arrested and dragged by their handcuffs whilst reportedly having a seizure. Luckily no bones were broken but they were left with severe bruising and required a trip to hospital.
One protector managed to climb on top of one of the delivery trucks, delaying operations. There were six arrests in total.
The land owners also sent out a warning that the continuation of the community protection camp would be considered trespass, but it is unlikely that this will stop the protectors in their efforts to stop the iGas convoys.
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.”
There were more arrests today as vehicles were marched into the site. The arrests were for supposed breach of bail, with some of the protectors reportedly being dragged into the road for them to be arrestable. Four of the arrestees were released after appearing in court and had their bail conditions lifted on release.
There were four more arrests today on the Moss as Greater Manchester Police used heavy handed tactics to keep the protectors moving along the road. Arrestee support has been organised with protectors heading to Swinton Police Station.
GMP have also put out a statement claiming that the supposed firing of a flare from the camp at a helicopter must have happened, basing their allegations on a dubious comment left on the Indymedia news website. A response to their wild claims can be read here. Looks like they have thier best detectives on the case for this one…
Reports of further arrests and police harrassment at Barton Moss coincides with the news that the Balcombe defendants in court today were acquitted of all charges. The judge said that their actions were “reasonable” and they had acted with “dignity”. Something that Greater Manchester Police may want to think about when considering their approach towards peaceful protest.