Finally..the truth about the brutality at Barton Moss

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The Salford Star on the community resistance to fracking in the Winter of 2013/14 at Barton Moss Salford Greater Manchester….

“About ten minutes into the slow lorry walk the regular officers who had been policing the peaceful protest were replaced by the Greater Manchester Police Tactical Aid Unit (TAU), which seemed determined to cause alarm and distress by forcing people to “walk” at a ridiculously fast pace, creating a stampede situation.

Carmel Shiels, who lives in Irlam and had come down to Barton Moss Lane to see what was happening, couldn’t believe what she was witnessing. She told The Salford Star:

“I’m a local resident, a peaceful person, I’ve never demonstrated before in my life, I’m not a politically aware person, just easy going, believe the Government, believe people, but do you know what? I am staggered by what I’ve seen. It breaks my heart. I came down, watched it go by stood on the side and just cried watching the police just pushing people down the footpath”.

This was just one account from one witness to the extreme brutality that was meted out on a daily basis to ordinary everyday people objecting to fracking in the heart of their community amongst their children and loved ones. It’s one of the most deplorable untold stories in the social history of these islands but the truth will finally be coming out this week.

This will not be the “truth” as told in one of the most shocking cover ups witnessed for many years when the Greater Manchester Police and Crime Commissioners “independent panel” report into the policing at Barton Moss was slammed by Solicitor Simon Pook for declaring that “claims of police violence have not been substantiated” when all anybody has to do to this day is search YouTube “police brutality barton moss”.  The real truth will be told this week by a group of academics at the launch event of “Keep Moving!” to be held in Manchester on the 24th and Liverpool on the 25th. I personally have no idea who these people are but I don’t doubt that they are among the many thousands of people who witnessed the events at Barton Moss and having been sickened to the bottom of their stomachs decided that they couldn’t let such abhorrent behaviour go unchallenged. All I know is that “all that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing” and it looks as though some “good men” are finally doing something. This is also on the back of District Judge Richard Sanders recent slating of the police conduct at Barton Moss in finding two defendants not guilty being “entitled to demonstrate, were entitled to walk along Barton Moss Road” them having been pointlessly dragged through the courts like many many others. Most of these pointless court cases have now collapsed, two years later, with folk having had that permanent weight on their minds throughout this time.

This isn’t a matter of historical record though, indeed, it’s even more relevant today than perhaps it was when this whole episode was subject to an insidious national media censorship as a multitude of British Isles communities are currently under attack from the evil fracking industry. From County Antrim in Northern Ireland to North Yorkshire on the mainland down to Surrey in deep England the drills are going in and brave folk will inevitably resist. The police will be using exactly the same tactics there as they did at Barton Moss which they imported from Balcombe as they only seem to have one gear, the no expense spared facilitating of a dangerous industry in the face of overwhelming opposition of the people who they are sworn to protect.

These brave British communities will now be able to see the full reality of what they are about to face. They will be dismissed as “campaigners” and “protesters” with the mainstream media doing its very best not to mention that in reality it will be local people trying to defend their land and loved ones. When they attempt to peacefully protest they will have their basic human right to do so trampled all over with violent arbitrary arrests, ridiculously prolonged police cell time and area banning orders in an attempt to thin the ranks of objectors at the fracking site. The police may even be accused of operating smear campaigns as at Barton Moss but worst of all the local Police and Crime Commissioner may instigate a whitewash inquiry into events.

Worst of all because that’s such a despicable and dismissive insult to the people who have clearly witnessed the most disturbing scenes and been through the kind of trauma that no peaceful British community should ever have to go through. But maybe in the fullness of time some angels will come along who will not be able to stomach such injustice and just like at the Friends Meeting House in Manchester this Wednesday where the truth will come out for the heroes of Barton Moss, the true story will also be openly told about all of the brave people who have put their bodies on the line to defend this land against the foul fracking industry.
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Author: Smokin’ Joe Brotherton
Follow on Twitter @MancunianSpring

Many of the heroes of Barton Moss have had swingeing fines imposed upon them. If you can help with these PLEASE DO

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The main stream media’s first reportage on this by the Guardian on the sexualised violence used by the police on Women at Barton Moss

PDF of the full shocking report HERE
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Something brutal this way comes…

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So it’s game on for fracking 60% of the UK then, the Tories are obviously “all out for shale”, Labour believe that you can regulate the unregulate’able and unless the Greens go for a violent but carbon neutral takeover of Government there’s a high likelihood that you’ll have a fracking rig suddenly rock up in your life straight after the election.

If you’re wondering why fracking is the Elephant in the room when it comes to election issues it’s because it’s a repeatedly banned, ground shaking, toxic shitting, water polluting giant of a fracking Elephant that WILL routinely run your Children over and trash your countryside but way way more than that, fracking won’t be talked about as an election issue because of the extreme violence that will soon be visited upon poor unsuspecting English communities in order to enforce it.

Fracking won’t become part of the national election discourse even though the story of the political maelstrom that it’s caused in a major part of Lancashire would set alight an election that’s gone down in political history as one of THE most bland and lifelessly moribund election run ups ever…but the system/political elites won’t allow the nation to fully engage with fracking as they know that not only would they have to defend the indefensible, they’d also be acknowledging that you can’t fit a cigarette paper between the fracking establishment parties.

At this point what happened at Barton Moss, Salford needs revisiting not just because so few in our land actually know what happened there, but because the same will soon be happening all over England.

When the frackers attack your land somebody will resist. Somebody will get a tent out and park themselves at the fracking pad. Some places in England will have 100’s camping out with the whole of the local community getting involved….
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Some places will be just be Mad Fred and his Jack Russell but to some extent or other every single frack site will be resisted in England.

It won’t matter though because you will be battered out of the way.
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It won’t matter if you’re a heavily and clearly pregnant Woman, you will be dragged around and manhandled by bigass cops. It won’t matter if you’re an elderly Gent with a disability, you will be violently shoved into a ditch and have bones broken.
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It won’t matter if you’re a slight, elegant, Nymph of a Lady you will be punched in the face and have your head ground into freezing concrete on a brutally cold Winter road.
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It won’t matter that you are decorated in the defence of your Country and that you consider the anti fracking battle to be the most important battle you’ve ever fought in your life.
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It won’t even matter if you’re a teenage girl doing a school project on fracking, you will be violently dragged away from your screaming Nan and slung in a van and treated like an animal for as long as they can possibly get away with it.
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All of this will happen in front of livestreaming cameras but they just won’t care, they will brutalise you and arrest you for day after day after day. They’ll hold an “inquiry” into the reports of “police” brutality and find that no excessive force was used and that a few procedural things need tidying up even though all you have to do is go on YouTube and search “police brutality barton moss” and you can see hour after hour of police brutality towards the young and the old.

Surprisingly some local media outlets have taken an anti fracking stance however, mostly your local rag will take every opportunity to smear your community protection camp and the people there, calling them “out of towners”, threatening to the “locals”, drunks and folk with mental health issues……
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……when in actual fact they’re the bravest of the brave living in medieval and barbaric conditions that you wouldn’t put a dog out in.
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Your local BBC channel may well also put a “journalist” onto the multitude of complaints of “police” brutality and most likely he’ll also spend the day being chauffeured around by the “police” and given full access to the Rich Tea biscuits?!?! Yes, that really did happen…..

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=3DUAjFkxAFU

In reality and away from the main stream media families will be giving over pots and pans, linen and bedding, local handymen will be building roadside dwellings and dropping off pallets, families will be cutting back on meals so that they can give to the camp and all the time that awesome community spirit will be tempered by brutal arrest after brutal arrest and pointless court case after pointless court case.
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With these deranged lunatics that “lead” us putting the Infrastructure Act into law (which by the way, legally enshrines the maximisation of fossil fuel extraction breaking their other “law” limiting our carbon emissions?!?) one has to assume that if it’s now “law” that fossil fuel extraction is maximised, that to protest against fracking is therefore against the law so this writers advice would be to just stand by the roadside and look immensely sad. Of course we all know that’s not going to happen, especially in Lancashire.

This writers best guess is that fracking will continue to blight the lives of community after community until the frackers hit the sweet spot and we get an English “Bentley”. Bentley, NSW Australia, was a classic case of the oil and gas industry getting it horribly wrong. Whereas you can frack pretty much where you want up in Queensland’s BIG Country where Queenslanders are a pretty laid back bunch, the New South Welsh are a different breed entirely. The Northern Rivers area is part of their dna, they fuken LOVE their land, they were never ever going to have her fracked and they turned out in HUGE numbers to just stop the frackers in their tracks. The NSW authorities were just about to send 800 fully kitted riot cops into the Bentley camp but someone figured that it would be such a PR horror show for them that they cancelled the cops at the last minute.

England will inevitably have its own Bentley, it’s inevitable that the frackers will sooner or later pick on a fully socially connected and fully mobilised community who will absolutely point blank refuse to be fracked and at that point it’ll get super fruity.

Until then, unless the Greens or an NGO seriously up their game don’t expect fracking to make any national election debate but do expect our thoroughly captured “politicians” to take this election as a mandate from the people to frack them and definitely expect horrors to be visited upon your otherwise peaceful communities……..

Author: Smokin’ Joe Brotherton

Follow on Twitter@MancunianSpring

Anti-Fracking Electoral Parties in England

The Green Party

TUSC

Left Unity

The Reality Party

The Pirate Party

***Since publishing this article the State of Maryland has joined the ever growing list of legislatures that have banned fracking….. http://ecowatch.com/2015/04/10/maryland-passes-fracking-ban/

“Massive fracking contamination” at Barton Moss CENSORED

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When news of a court reported case of massive fracking contamination in a major English city doesn’t make the light of day in the national media you know that you’re being sold a donkey by a pack of demented donkey peddlers.

There are many other things that you will also know because of this insidious cover up. You will know that you’ve been lied to about “gold standard regulations” and that fracking is such a dangerous process that no amount of regulations will ever insure its safety. With that you will also know that the very last pillar of government nonsense has crumbled adding to the rubble of the other shattered lies about fracking such as cheap gas, reduced CO2 emissions and gazillions of jobs.

The anatomy of state media silence is particularly interesting as it is often more important to note what they don’t report on rather than what they do. The fracking site in Salford is the first in Greater Manchester and one of the first in Britain. With fracking being so patently controversial in the UK the frackers will have known that the “whole world” will have been watching them. This will have been the fracking company operating at its very best!?!

With 60% of England due to be fracked the last thing that the BBC will want to be telling the nation is that, not only is fracking highly dangerous, it’s carried out by incompetents and it’ll be contaminating a field near you soon.

Whilst this degree of state censorship and media corruption will be new to many folk, it most certainly isn’t to anybody involved with the bitter and gruelling fight against fracking in Salford as these foul people now have history.

The odious BBC smears against the mass community resistance to fracking at Barton Moss began with the mind boggling claim that a bunch of peace loving Hippies attempted to down a Police helicopter?!? an accusation for which no shred of evidence was ever produced.

Further smears continued to be pumped out throughout the Winter of 2013/14 with more scurrilous and dangerous claims that Protectors were “intimidating the locals” and “antagonising the Police” ….

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….and just to complete the circle of smear, reporting on trumped up assault charges only for them to be inevitably thrown out of court, often with Judges quite astonishingly laughing at the Police evidence.

This was by no means a single pronged smear campaign as it was also complimented by the regional BBC studio routinely peddling lies about fracking or giving studio time to a procession of stooge Professors soft soaping the process with outlandish statements attempting to downplay the industrialisation of our countryside?!

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Whilst we have linked above to a sorry tale of state nonsense the realities at Barton Moss were heartbreakingly bleak.

The shocking levels of unreported brutality unleashed upon peaceful protectors by Greater Manchester Police left countless witnesses so disturbed that many still report post traumatic shock effects to this day. Greater Manchester Association of Trades Union Councils wrote to the GMP Police and Crime Commissioner complaining of the “brutal..and..horrendous” policing on the Moss with Solicitor Simon Pook being so appalled at the levels of Police violence and wrongful arrests that he even reported the atrocities he’d witnessed to the United Nations!?!

It wasn’t until iGas had packed up and left Salford that the true enormity of the “Gold Command” organisation that went into the smears and brutality was revealed. The Salford Star uncovered that there had been high level collusion between GMP, iGas, Peel Holdings and Salford City Council in the brutalisation of Salfordians.

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That’s a quick potted history and one worth repeating because although its a roller coaster tale of one of the biggest, most glorious battles in British social history, involving a worst Winter on record, a community coming together in the face of Police brutality, mass false arrests and human rights violations…you most likely won’t even know that it happened due to BBC censorship by regionalisation.

This is, once again, exactly what they’ll be trying to achieve regarding the censorship of the site contamination because the problem with telling lies is that once you start you become locked into an infinite loop no matter how dangerous the situation becomes.

The surreal nature of this nefarious state of affairs was reflected in the Twitter exchange below. A BBC employee chose to completely ignore the contamination aspect of a tweet with an obfuscating reference to continuing the coverage of the trial upon its resumption in June only to turn flippant when pulled up about it…
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…therefore completely side stepping any reference whatsoever to the BBC’s lack of coverage of the contamination. That’s the bizarre end product of being unable to speak honestly and freely on a certain subject but there are more sinister repercussions from a policy of censorship.

The site of the “dangerously high levels of toxic contamination” is just 75 metres from a family farmhouse, 250 metres from a Young Offenders Institute and is routinely passed by Moss families on a daily basis.
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With this in mind the most disturbing revelation from the recent court case was the fact that although evidence of contamination had been discovered “IGAS AND PEEL HOLDINGS HAD SO FAR REFUSED ACCESS” to the site?!?

This “close your eyes and hope it goes away” business methodology is being applied by the same Peel Holdings who have just announced that they are to open an entire oil & gas division and conduct fracking across the North West.

If you live in the 60% of the UK that’s subject to a PEDL and your confidence in the fracking industry was already non existent perhaps now is the time to shift your mindset from skeptical to petrified.

Author: Aphra Behn

Follow on Twitter @MancunianSpring

**Update…as this is a rolling story updates will be added below

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Vanda suffered more than most from the brutality on Barton Moss. She’s due up in court this coming Monday morning in Manchester for “assaulting a police officer”..watch this..search you tube for more videos..decide for yourself…. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=kjxtrt2BGgY

For Vanda xoxo

**Update..Vanda changed her plea to not guilty in order to challenge the foulness of the whole situation

**Update…after a week the story makes an obscure eco blog DeSmog Blog

**Update…following in the irony of shutting down a story of national importance just when Manchester is in the process of a revolution in indy media the magnificent Salford Star are hammering the corrupt fracking industry for the cesspit that it is!!