Green Party call for action on Barton Moss Police brutality


Green Party leader Natalie Bennett, Baroness Jones of Mouslecoomb and North West Green Party’s Peter Cranie have written to Greater Manchester Police Commissioner, Tony Lloyd, to request a meeting to discuss the ‘appalling’ police tactics used at Barton Moss.

After last week’s brutal arrest and detention of mother, Vanda Gillett, at Barton Moss and Saturday’s protest at Swinton Police station, key Green Party figures have written to raise party members’ concerns over policing at the site. Many Green Party members have been very active in the daily protests and have become increasingly concerned over the behaviour of Greater Manchester Police’s Tactical Aid Unit.

Green Party Leader, Natalie Bennett, Baroness Jones of Moulsecoomb and prospective North West MEP, Peter Cranie, also raise concerns that the Independent Protest Panel, set up to investigate policing at the site, was not given the full picture when it visited the site last week (20th March 2014). The panel members stayed behind police lines and the Tactical Aid Unit was either not deployed during their visit or was not exercising as much force as usual. The Salford Star reports that as soon as the Panel had left policing in the afternoon reverted back to a more typical pattern (1).

The letter calls on Commissioner Tony Lloyd to acknowledge the concerns over policing at Barton Moss in public and urges him to address them.

Green Party leader, Natalie Bennett, said: “While we have different political positions on fracking, this is a civil liberty issue and about policing in a democratic country. The actions that are taking place are simply unacceptable and as Greater Manchester’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Tony Llloyd is accountable.”

Baroness Jones of Moulsecoomb said: “The Police do a difficult job under severe pressure, but what has been witnessed at Barton Moss looks far more like corporate protection, without limits, than the policing that local communities want in the streets to protect them from crime. Policing must be fair and proportionate, and the Police must protect the democratic right to protest, not suppress it.”

Peter Cranie, North West Green Party’s European election candidate, said: “These are non-violent protestors. No one is attacking the police. The anti-fracking movement is non-violent, yet the treatment handed out to these protestors is appalling. Tony Lloyd must act. It is his job to do so and his responsibility. By failing to get involved he is accepting responsibility for the actions of the officers who are badly letting down Greater Manchester Police.”

Baroness Jones of Moulsecoomb is also writing to the Metropolitan Police to ask if any of their officers are being deployed at Barton Moss.

Greater Manchester Police violence against Fracking protesters


This is what the Greater Manchester Police did to peaceful Legal Observer Kris today. He is in hospital in a wheelchair – visitors this evening concerned about his welfare were physically ejected and threatened with arrest.

Please share this widely, complain to the GMP and add any links on the original photo thread to other means to complain, or otherwise do something about this abomination.

They will not get away with this violation. The evidence is all there on the livestream, from 11 minutes in and before:

The violence today from Greater Manchester Police has had Worldwide coverage on Al Jazeera English TV here

Wind turbine blade is a “Christmas gift” for IGas

Wind-turbing-at-Barton-MossReproduced from The Northern Gas Gala

Campaigners deliver 17 metre, 1.5 tonne wind turbine blade as “Christmas gift” for fracking company IGas

At 5.30 Monday 16th December 2013, fifty people blocked the entrance to IGas’s exploratory drilling site in Barton Moss with a giant wind turbine blade. The campaigners arrived at the site in Salford in Greater Manchester, proceeded to unload and assemble the 17-metre blade from its three component segments. They were spotted by a security guard who called the police, but the officers who arrived on the scene were too late to prevent the blockade from being set up.

The campaigners then left, leaving the heavy wind turbine blade in place across the entrance, complete with a large red Christmas bow. Currently all vehicle access the site is being severly disrupted by the 1.5-tonne blade, which cannot be moved without large numbers of people or specialist equipment. Continue reading