Join the Socialist Party Join us today!

Printable version Printable version

Facebook   Twitter

Link to this page: https://secure.socialistparty.org.uk/articles/18238

Posted on 3 March 2014 at 11:49 GMT

At Barton Moss, February 2014, photo Dylan Murphy

At Barton Moss, February 2014, photo Dylan Murphy   (Click to enlarge)

Barton Moss protesters say no to fracking

Dylan and Jo Murphy, Huddersfield Socialist Party

During half term holiday we went over to Barton Moss, Manchester to join the protest against fracking. At the moment IGas is over halfway through exploratory drilling for gas.

We joined about forty protesters at the entrance to Barton Moss Road when the drilling trucks arrived. Protesters blocked the entrance to the road that leads to the drilling site. A large contingent of police (about 60) surrounded us and started to push us down the road.

At Barton Moss, February 2014, photo Dylan Murphy

At Barton Moss, February 2014, photo Dylan Murphy   (Click to enlarge)

For the first five minutes we moved very slowly down the road towards the drilling site. Then the police started pushing more aggressively and moving us quite quickly down the road towards the site. Numerous protesters were warned for leaning back into the police line when they were being pushed forcefully by the police along the road.

The whole time we were being photographed and filmed from umpteen different angles by a squad of police officers.

Police protect trucks

Arriving at the entrance to the drilling site a dozen officers were guarding the gates. The police then proceeded to kettle us while the convoy of drilling trucks entered the site, to calls of 'shame' by the protesters. Once the drilling trucks were safely inside their heavily fortified compound the police disappeared.

At Barton Moss, February 2014, photo Dylan Murphy

At Barton Moss, February 2014, photo Dylan Murphy   (Click to enlarge)

We spoke to several people who are part of the anti-fracking camp which is close to the drilling site. They told us about numerous arrests of protesters which have been dismissed by the crown prosecution service due to lack of evidence.

We also spoke to several local residents, like Paul, who said that he admired the people who had come from all over the country to protest against the poisoning of his children. He told me that local residents are divided about the fracking, many believing that nothing can be done to stop it. He expressed his fear that the drilling site, which is close to population centres in every direction, would leave a poisoned wasteland behind.

At Barton Moss, February 2014, photo Dylan Murphy

At Barton Moss, February 2014, photo Dylan Murphy   (Click to enlarge)

The owners of the drilling site (Peel Holdings) have taken legal action to evict the protest camp. On 6 March a court will rule if protesters have to dismantle it.

The labour movement must oppose this toxic time bomb that threatens to engulf parts of Britain over the next few years.


This version of this article was first posted on the Socialist Party website on 3 March 2014 and may vary slightly from the version subsequently printed in The Socialist.

Why not click here to join the Socialist Party, or click here to donate to the Socialist Party.






Related links:

Manchester:

triangleArriva Rail North cleaners fight bosses' punitive pay arrears

triangleClimate change protest in London on 12.4.19, photo Mary Finch

triangleManchester Socialist Party: What could a socialist council do?

triangleManchester Socialist Party: Red Clydeside

triangleManchester Socialist Party: Socialist change not climate change

Fracking:

triangleClimate change protest in London on 12.4.19, photo Mary Finch

triangleToxic fracking gets the go-ahead while protesters jailed

triangleAnti-fracking protesters jailed

triangleFracking companies backed by government and courts

Police:

triangleThe Socialist Inbox

triangleChina: police state in Xinjiang under global spotlight

triangleNewcastle anti-fascist demo

US:

triangleAssange arrest: US and allied governments seeking revenge for exposing dirty wars

triangle100 billion for bosses - cuts for us.

Protest:

triangleDeliveroo workers protest at firm's Nottingham roadshow

Reports and campaigns

Reports and campaigns

24/4/19

Housing

Shac to name and shame housing bosses

24/4/19

Leicester

Leicester mayoral husting: only two choices - stop the cuts or make the cuts

24/4/19

Doncaster

Doncaster NHS strike to stop terms and conditions attack

24/4/19

PCS

PCS union: strikes against poverty pay and job losses - vote Yes in national pay ballot

24/4/19

Housing

Housing associations - stop the segregation

17/4/19

Sudan

Sudan - No to the rule of the generals!

17/4/19

NEU

School staff demand action on pay and testing at NEU conference

17/4/19

Newham

Newham bin workers ballot for strikes

17/4/19

Unison

Right wing tries to block campaigning

17/4/19

IWGB

Deliveroo workers protest at firm's Nottingham roadshow

17/4/19

Arriva Rail North

Arriva Rail North cleaners fight bosses' punitive pay arrears

17/4/19

NUS

'Reforms' hollow out the NUS

17/4/19

Housing

Alternative housing awards

17/4/19

Housing

Activists rally in fight for more council housing and against high rents

17/4/19

Council elections

Council elections - an opportunity to present a socialist alternative to cuts

triangleMore Reports and campaigns articles...


Join the Socialist Party
Subscribe to Socialist Party publications
Donate to the Socialist Party
Socialist Party Facebook page
Socialist Party on Twitter
Visit us on Youtube

LATEST POSTS

CONTACT US

Phone our national office on 020 8988 8777

Email: info@socialistparty.org.uk

Locate your nearest Socialist Party branch Text your name and postcode to 07761 818 206

Regional Socialist Party organisers:

Eastern: 0798 202 1969

East Mids: 0773 797 8057

London: 020 8988 8786

North East: 0784 114 4890

North West 07769 611 320

South East: 020 8988 8777

South West: 07759 796 478

Southern: 07833 681910

Wales: 07935 391 947

West Mids: 02476 555 620

Yorkshire: 0114 264 6551

ABOUT US

ARCHIVE

Alphabetical listing


April 2019

March 2019

February 2019

January 2019

2018

2017

2016

2015

2014

2013

2012

2011

2010

2009

2008

2007

2006

2005

2004

2003

2002

2001

2000

1999