Star date: 20th October 2013
BARTON MOSS BIRD WATCHING EVENT CANCELLED AS POLICE GET INVOLVED…BUT FRIENDS OF THE EARTH EVENT ON ECCLES MARKET GOES AHEAD
"The police should be there to protect us not to stop us doing our democratic and legal duty to raise issues that are important and threats to the community" MFOE
Today should have seen a family bird watching day at Barton Moss, with treasure hunts for the kids, crane spotting and a special bird watch race. But on Saturday morning Greater Manchester Police `warned off' the organisers, believing there was going to be anti-fracking activities, and the event was cancelled.
Meanwhile, on Eccles Market, Manchester Friends of the Earth set up a stall urging Salford people to send postcards to Mayor Ian Stewart stating `Fracking is a dirty word'…campaigners criticised the police for its actions.
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