There was another lock on Barton Moss Lane this morning, involving three protectors. The convoy was later escorted out of the iGas site with the police attempting unsuccessfully to stop protectors walking down the path.
There was a festival atmosphere at the Barton Moss Protection Camp which was well complimented by the bright, Spring-like weather. Families came down to enjoy cake, tea and music with locals and protectors who were enjoying a convoy free day.
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 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.