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SALFORD POLICE TARGET PREGNANT AND ELDERLY AT BARTON MOSS PROTEST
 

Star date: 13th December 2013

THREE ARRESTS, INCLUDING PREGNANT WOMAN AND AN MEP CANDIDATE AT BARTON MOSS PROTEST

"This is the sort of brutality we've come to expect on the Moss when police are facilitating IGas' corporate agenda" Dan

Three people were arrested, including a pregnant woman and a Green Party MEP candidate, at Barton Moss Community Protection site this morning as around sixty people peacefully demonstrated against more lorry deliveries at the IGas drilling site.

Meanwhile, a disabled man was also barged into bushes by police and an ambulance was called, while an elderly lady with a walking stick was removed against her wishes by police for `walking too slowly'.

Full details here…


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Barton Moss Anti Fracking Protest 13th December 2013 Barton Moss Anti Fracking Protest 13th December 2013 Barton Moss Anti Fracking Protest 13th December 2013
Barton Moss Anti Fracking Protest 13th December 2013 Barton Moss Anti Fracking Protest 13th December 2013 Barton Moss Anti Fracking Protest 13th December 2013
Barton Moss Anti Fracking Protest 13th December 2013 Barton Moss Anti Fracking Protest 13th December 2013 Barton Moss Anti Fracking Protest 13th December 2013
Barton Moss Anti Fracking Protest 13th December 2013 Barton Moss Anti Fracking Protest 13th December 2013 Barton Moss Anti Fracking Protest 13th December 2013
Barton Moss Anti Fracking Protest 13th December 2013
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Three people were arrested this morning by Greater Manchester Police as around sixty people delayed lorry deliveries to the IGas exploratory drilling site on Barton Moss by over two hours.

The peaceful protest involved people shuffling down Barton Moss Road to slow the lorries. However, despite apparent assurances given by the police during a meeting at the Barton Moss Community Protection Camp yesterday that there would be no more arrests, three arrests were made, including a pregnant woman and a Green Party candidate for the European elections.

Meanwhile, an ambulance was called after a disabled man was barged into bushes by police during the `snatch' arrest of the pregnant woman, and an elderly lady was targeted and removed from the protest against her wishes.

"Like normal, we were marching the trucks down the lane, trying to blockade, and the police told us to keep moving which we did - but at one point they just decided it was taking too long, I suppose, and they began arresting people" said Dan, one of the anti-fracking campaigners.

"They arrested one woman and that got people's backs up" he added "And then we got further up the road and there was an elderly individual who has a history of bad joints in his knee. The police were made aware of his disability a couple of weeks ago.

"They chose to ignore that, and manhandled him into the bushes as they were arresting a pregnant woman, and he landed awkwardly rendering his leg useless" he explained "This is the sort of brutality we've come to expect on the Moss when they are facilitating IGas' corporate agenda."

The woman was led off by police while the man lay in the bushes for around half an hour before an ambulance arrived. He was later discovered to have a broken knee and will be in hospital for around ten days.

Meanwhile, earlier, an elderly lady called Anne, who is 82 and uses a walking stick, was surrounded by police and removed from the protest for `walking too slowly' – although she later re-joined the back of the march.

"They pulled me out and tried to persuade me to go to the side but I refused" Anne said "They knew I was among the people walking more slowly. It was all wrapped up as concern. They were very firm and at one point there was one leaning on me but that wasn't for very long.

"I suppose I'm very visible now and vulnerable" she added "I've got two metal hips and have had two hand operations and I'm trying not to be injured as that would be quite serious for me.

"I wasn't shocked, I appear at the moment to be very immune to shock" she concluded "I'm just very determined to help as much as I can without getting injured and without breaking the law. But if getting arrested becomes more helpful I'll have to let myself be arrested. My young friend has been arrested, ten of them lifted her easily."

Despite the arrests and targeting of campaigners by the police, the protests will go on for as long as IGas is in the area, Dan told the Salford Star…

"There was a good number of people here today we're going to stay strong" he said "Hopefully our comrades will be back on the front line soon."

See video footage of pregnant woman's arrest on YouTube - click here

See also previous Salford Star articles…

• Five held at Barton Moss as police accused of arrest quotas – click here

• Greater Manchester Police Overkill on Protest – click here

Photos by Steven Speed

Scott wrote
at 3:14:54 AM on Saturday, December 21, 2013
Yep my son was stabbed in school with a screwdriver and Salford police would not record it as a crime, probably couldn't be bothered
 
CorruptIsTheNorm wrote
at 1:45:27 PM on Friday, December 20, 2013
Sad to say dispicable behaviour is typical of Salford Police. They had a call out to a different flat over a domestic violence incident. (By the way one of the officers who is sent out to call outs like these has assaulted my sister and kept his job). However the police didn't know which flat they were going to. After showing them there was no phone line in my flat they barged in snooping around. Eventually the dimwitted coppers realised their mistake after performing an illegal search. So they radioed through to see where they should be. Either flat 35 or 45. They clearly didn't have a clue. Then when I complained they lied and said they had been given my address. I have no phone line and the call came from a phone line. Even worse I know for a fact one officer in Salforf is handing out ciggerettes to children. Something very very wrong about that.
 
Prisoner Irlam wrote
at 12:04:13 PM on Sunday, December 15, 2013
Amazing how local councillors and Mp were in force when illegal peat extraction was happening, which is damaging to the Eco system along with no Gmp involvement ,sadly when there are billions $$$$$$$$$ involved the locals Health and safety are quashed with the stroke of a pen which grants approval for schemes 10000000000000000000 times dangerous than peat extraction , all on the pitch of cheaper gas bills sorry my ARSE hang your head in shame Mr Mayor your a hypocrite in my opinion if you want to come out of this with any brownie points get down to chat moss and offer support to the protestors in your backyard like you showed over the peat extraction !!!!!!!
 
mason lewis smith wrote
at 3:04:21 AM on Saturday, December 14, 2013
Disgusting behaviour....i always thought the police were supposed to help the innocent not protect the guilty???
 
Caity wrote
at 3:04:17 AM on Saturday, December 14, 2013
Fracking is not the way to go. However, the police are not there to facilitate corporate interest, they are there to keep the peace. That is their primary role. Can I suggest to GMP that the next time protesters block the public highway, they merely form a cordon around the area and allow the protesters to come face to face with lorry drivers tying to do their jobs, and the private security firm employed by the fracking companies? The elderly lady was removed for her own safety, can you imagine the outcry if she'd gone to the floor and been trampled by other protesters while "the police did nothing".
 
John wrote
at 3:03:39 AM on Saturday, December 14, 2013
As I keep harping on, the only protest the greedy companies and gov will listen to is when we on mass remove our resources from them. We need to organise our own services bypassing the councils. Personally, my heating is hardly on now.
 
Joe Oneill wrote
at 4:52:47 PM on Friday, December 13, 2013
The Elderly lady is a Green Party member it is a bloody disagrace when people like her have to face this,question who is running this shambles? GMP i am ashamed over your actions. Joe O'Neill Salford Green Party
 
Chaz wrote
at 4:52:43 PM on Friday, December 13, 2013
Screw you thick as f**k humans, if you want to brutalise each other like this and sit on your fat arses moaning about it, if you want to see your own f***king Pensioners brutalised and terrorised, if you want to stand by as pregnant Women are brutalised right in front of you...defending what is supposed to be your land, thats entirely up to you ya shepple. I'm in this to save the birds of the mosses which in themselves are a glory to this so called City and have had no say in whats left of their habitat being destroyed.
 
J wrote
at 1:46:33 PM on Friday, December 13, 2013
Respect due to the protectors out in force today. Shameful tactics of the police, they cant seem to grasp the concept that the more they push and shove, the more they arrest and assault people trying to protect their environment the more will show up. 20 people last time, 5 arrests 60 this time and 3 arrests and one broken knee. How many can come next time? Lets make it over 100 and completely block the lane.
 
Luke Ashley wrote
at 1:46:30 PM on Friday, December 13, 2013
No amount of science or robustness of a regulatory regime can prove fracking is safe or ensure the level of safety now or in the future. NOBODY can predict that human error or machine and equipment failure will not occur. But history tells us that the hydrocarbon extraction industry experiences human error and equipment failure on a daily basis resulting in serious injuries and fatalities along with catastrophic environmental damages. In light of this knowledge, and the fact that fracking gone wrong can cause irreversible damage to, aquifers, soil, air quality and the climate, that affect the majority, the long-term impacts that surround the shale and coal bed methane extraction industries outweigh, * BY FAR*, the short term economic advantages to be gained by a select few
 
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