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Star date: 26th January 2014 

SALFORD AND BEYOND SHOWS MASSIVE SUPPORT FOR BARTON MOSS CAMP

Around 1,500 people turned out today to show solidarity with the Barton Moss Community Protection Camp – almost double the number of the last rally a few weeks ago.

With one march going from Irlam and another going from Salford City Stadium, the two met up at the entrance to the Camp for a rally with speakers and music, as passing motorists again beeped their horns in support.

Full report and photos here…


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Around 1,500 people turned out today, despite the forecast downpour, to show support for the Barton Moss Community Protection Camp.

The day began with a `locals' march setting off to the Camp from the Tiger Moth pub via the Old Nag's Head in Irlam, with around two dozen people braving the heavy rain.

Others from Irlam and Cadishead with children or elderly relatives, went straight to the start of the massive main march at the Salford City Stadium where they joined fellow Salfordians, campaigners from all over Greater Manchester and ten coach loads of supporters from all over the country. The biggest cheer was reserved for the arrival of the bus from Balcombe.

At the start of the march Jamie, from Cadishead, was carrying a massive Frack-Free Irlam and Cadishead banner…

"I've read up about fracking, done the research - like in the States where it's had really bad affects on the local area - and I don't want my three children to grow up in that environment, so I'm here to support the protectors" Jamie explained "My dad's on the camp nearly every day because he's retired, and we're doing everything we can as a family to stop it, and hopefully IGas will get the message. I know a lot of faces here today who are local, it would be crazy not to support it if you are local because of the affects."

Also on the march were women from Snuggles Cattery and Kennels, a local business actually based on Barton Moss Road right next to the Camp. Their support flies in the face of recent comments by Greater Manchester Police and IGas which have stated that businesses and residents are "close to tears and have had enough of this daily disruption to their lives" (see here).

"That's not correct" they told the Salford Star "We've all got our own opinions and we have had a lot of disruption with the protesters, we won't deny that, however the protest wouldn't be here if it wasn't for IGas. If IGas wasn't here the protest wouldn't be here and we'd have no disruption whatsoever. But IGas are here and they are planning to disrupt our open land and our Mossland, which will have a massive impact on local businesses in the future. And kids, horses, cats, dogs and the crops. It will disrupt everything.

"If the Camp wasn't here then IGas, Peel Holdings and the Council would get away with it" they added "We do support it for the future of our children and our animals, and will continue to support it as long as IGas are here."

As the rain stopped, the huge march set off from the Stadium along Liverpool Road with passing drivers beeping their support and no police in view. Once at Barton Moss Road, the marchers heard songs and speeches from a variety of campaigners, against fracking and drawing attention to both media bias and police brutality of the past few weeks, before heading down to the Camp and the IGas drilling site entrance to see for themselves the huge rig that has been built since Christmas.

This was a massive show of support for the Barton Moss Community Protection Camp from Salford and beyond…

See also Afghanistan sends message of support for Barton Moss and more - click here

Main photo by Steven Speed

wrote
at 05:41:47 on 29 January 2014
Been thinking of getting to barton for quite a while,(sometimes frantically)I understand how important another voice to this cause is.
 
caroline gray wrote
at 05:40:14 on 29 January 2014
To Gerry S think they were more than that,my wish is the chief of police gets his boots on and investigates the corruption of Salforld City Coucil,Greater Manchester,and Trafford.
 
Garry S wrote
at 11:29:56 on 28 January 2014
I remember the anti-Pope and pro secularism marches on London though. Between 10 and 20,000 people marched and what did it do? Nothing. Still the same crazyness and anti science in society and government. That was 20,000 people. Here we see only 1500 and the numbers don't seem to be growing from 2 years ago.
 
caroline gray wrote
at 20:07:40 on 27 January 2014
to julie daniels and end..the police are being used by councils,,simple..i agree with salford star letter to end..look back in time to Bindloss ..written by s.kingston..Demolision men came an trashed our home sent by salford city council,due to there developer friends wish to get it cheap..they are takeing us to court for council tax.. our home we cannot live in due to them. saying corrupt..i would say evil. .
 
Chaz wrote
at 06:53:01 on 27 January 2014
Looks like the payback for a beautiful peaceful happy day has started early. Apparently a lady has had her teeth beaten in. She managed to live stream from the back of a police van. She's in a real bloodied mess and throwing up blood in the van. Nobody knows how she is?!? I'm lost for words after having seen the live stream :( http://bambuser.com/v/4305181 Apparently her crime was to dance in Barton Moss Road.
 
a davies wrote
at 06:52:51 on 27 January 2014
despite the vitriol on facebook from local doubting thomas's,the march was successful and only held up traffic for 15 to 20 minutes which happens most days anyway.thank you all the protectors and supporters.
 
Julie Daniels wrote
at 06:52:45 on 27 January 2014
I was there today and was amazed at the support shown by the protectors that came from all over the UK. Some had spent many hours travelling to arrive to driving rain and winds. Spirits were high throughout the day. With a growing feeling that we stand to gain nothing for our motives but to protect our country. Truth will out. Everyone commented at the lack of police presence, I would have thought they would have at least facilitated the safety of the march crossing the duel carriage ways!
 
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