As the number of arrests by Greater Manchester Police increases and, as pregnant, disabled, elderly people and even children are targeted on the protests (see video – click here), a Solidarity Day has been called for next Sunday 12th January.
With the national right wing press stating that there is little local sympathy for the Barton Moss Community Protection Camp, those who attend - particularly those from Salford - are being asked to make placards and banners showing their support.
There will be a rally with speakers, followed by a short march up Barton Moss Road to the Camp and the entrance to the IGas exploratory drilling site. The day starts at 12:30pm and meets at the lay-by on Liverpool Road at the conrer of Barton Moss Lane M30 7RL – next turnoff after Barton Airport.
In the meantime, as deliveries to the site become more frequent people are asked to join the daily demonstrations aiming to delay lorries delivering to the IGas site (usually around 9:30am at Barton Moss Road).
This Tuesday 7th January, at 7pm, there's a general meeting of the Frack Free Greater Manchester Campaign at Eccles Friends Meeting House, The Polygon, Wellington Rd, Eccles M30 0DS at which everyone is welcome.
On Wednesday 15th January there will be lobby of Salford City Council, between 8:30am and 9:30am, outside Swinton Town Hall, Chorley Road, Swinton to ram home to the Mayor and his councillors that no-one wants fracking in Salford.
And on Saturday 25th January, 12noon-3pm (venue tba) the National Meeting of the Campaign against Climate Change Trade Union Group is to be held in Salford as a mark of solidarity with the Barton Moss Campaign – further details to follow.
Photo by Steven Speed