Frances, Barton Moss Protector, responds to Greater Manchester Police
Frances responds to Greater Manchester Police.
I have today been asked to respond to a press release made by the Chief Constable of Greater Manchester Police and published in the Manchester Confidential on Friday. (http://www.manchesterconfidential.co.uk/News/Chief-Constable-Expresses-Annoyance-At-Anti-Frackers)
This was my submission made today 9th February 2014:
Thank you for inviting me to comment on this press release from the Chief Constable of Greater Manchester Police.
We, the Protectors of Barton Moss, did not invite Igas or any other Oil or Gas Corporation to drill holes all over Great Britain in their greedy & relentless dash for cash. Neither did we invite, nor need any facilitation of our protest from Greater Manchester Police. The massive over-policing of our efforts to protect Barton Moss from this invasion may well be very expensive but we, the Protectors, require no supervision. We are peaceful, intelligent & respectful people who, having tried all avenues of reasonable objection against an industry that did not fully consult the community, nor sought any social licence, before commencing to inflict its dubious activities upon the good people of Greater Manchester.
It is testament to our patience and restraint that we have only produced 21 complaints so far.
We actually feel that 21 is far too many complaints to be raised against a team of individuals who are sworn to protect people & fight crime.
We refute, absolutely, the assertion made by the Chief Constable of Greater Manchester Police that we have, in any way, insulted or provoked his officers, quite the reverse is closer to the truth. We have been provoked daily with pushing, kicking, treading on feet, false accusations regarding flares & drunkenness & there has been point blank refusal on the part of his officers to investigate flagrant infractions of the law by Igas staff & delivery lorry drivers.
The wanton destruction of trees, ordered, sanctioned & supervised by the Police was particularly distressing to our Protectors, who regard all life as sacred. This work was deliberately undertaken at dawn with chainsaws, to disturb & intimidate those sleeping in tents in the immediate vicinity. We have also falsely been accused of harbouring aggressive individuals in our midst & deliberately intimidating neighbours.
Considering all of the above, I feel our Protectors have behaved with astonishing restraint & consistently hold the higher moral ground.
Treasurer & Fund-raiser
Protectors Travelling Fund
Balcombe & Beyond Administrator
Rob Arrested peacefully 07 02 14. The policeman admits he has seen the sign indicating that the road is a public footpath, but still insists that it is a highway.
This is the video from Truthferret 9th February 2014. Slowly walking on a public footpath and one protector was arrested.
Barton Moss Protection Camp Barton Moss Road, Just off A57 next to Airport, Eccles M30 7RL
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There is a travelling fund and for legal costs set up to assist the protectors.