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HUNDREDS FLOCK TO BARTON MOSS GIG AT THE RIG
 

Star date: 23rd February 2014

HASLAM AND CO BEAT THE SALFORD FRACKERS

Hundreds of people, old and young, flocked to a layby on the A57 today for Gig At The Rig in support of the Barton Moss Community Protection Camp. With classic sounds by DJ Dave Haslam and co, and Camp resident singer Darren Nesbit, the site, which has been a fracking battleground over the last few months, took on a fun family vibe. And not a policeman in view.

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Grannies danced with ravers, kids danced with protectors, and toddlers waved their arms in the air on the backs of their mums and dads, as classic Hacienda house wafted out of a rickety DJ booth hastily erected in the layby at the bottom of Barton Moss Road on the A57.

Meanwhile passing motorists beeped their horns in support as girls danced on the grass verges and `Enviro Ellie' stood on the kerb urging them to agree to `No Fracking'.

The hundreds of people dancing and smiling was in surreal contrast to the previous week's events which had seen the area almost turned into a war zone as Greater Manchester Police pushed and shoved protectors down Barton Moss Road to hurry iGas lorries up Barton Moss Road to deliver supplies to the coal bed methane and shale gas exploratory drilling site.

When the lorries are about anyone standing still on the footpath is guilty of `obstruction' or `aggravated trespass' – but today the police kept away and it was anti-fracking party time with former Hacienda DJ Dave Haslam and friends mixing the beats, which ranged from Voodoo Ray, to Good Life and Joy Division's Salford classic Love Will Tear Us Apart.

"The positivity here is amazing" Haslam told the crowd "If we can make it happen in a layby we can make it happen anywhere."

Also enjoying the day were the Salford Music Festival's Ed Blaney and Grayso

"I'm here for a number of reasons" said Ed "First is the police violence thing, they're paid to do a job, not to push people around. I've seen all the stuff on the net and it's got out of hand. I'm also here for the environment issues. I'm an avid bird watcher and this isn't good for that. In fact, no-one in Salford will benefit, just like Media City, and it's Peel again, taking over.

"It's good to see a load of people here today, Dave Haslam and people from Salford all getting involved and showing solidarity" he added "I'm not political but I suppose I am. I'm from Salford and we say it how it is…"

The day began with Barton Moss Camp resident singer Darren Nesbit singing Bob Marley's One Love. It was very apt…

rachel lockley wrote
at 07:18:40 on 26 February 2014
Wish we would of came down to party with all you lovely friendly people, my bro Pete and his wife Diane come and support the camp everyday.. Your doing a great job. Much love and respect xx
 
alan davies wrote
at 12:13:40 on 24 February 2014
Just fed up i couldn't be there with you all,SALFORD ROCKS for sure!
 
allan wrote
at 12:13:23 on 24 February 2014
first of all well done to salford star for bringing real news thats true unlike the pedo bbc news well done to the protesters i hope u enjoyed your party so called peel holdings or shipping company own the land that much they needed permission from the council to use the road also when you get dun with a certain act for breaking the law how could u have broke the law when its an act act and law means completely different things dont give the pedos yer date of birth u dont need to so igas time TO FRACK OFF THATS WHAT I SAY WELL DONE FROM SCOTLAND WE ALL STAND TOGETHER LIKE BROS AND SISTERS DONT LET THE GOV CORRUPT YER HEADS
 
allan wrote
at 12:12:04 on 24 February 2014
another illegal arrest today from the cops at barton moss
 
Christine Yardley wrote
at 12:11:47 on 24 February 2014
I was so sorry to have missed this inspiring event. What a wonderful thing to do for all the general public. It also shows what a peaceful, kind and caring group of Protectors we have. I would just like to mention to the Daily Star that the Police Brutality is much more than pushing and Shoving! I have witnessed the live footage through the net, while confined to bed poorly. I have cried at the Brutality that I have witnessed! People of all ages, being thrown to the ground!(and One being denied medical assistance, by a trained nurse)People having their arms twisted up behind their backs! and I'm sure I saw a senior gentleman being kicked twice, after another unlawful arrest, while he was panicking on the floor!! and now a young girl denied her mothers presence or an advocate! Surely unlawful? The gig shows how peaceful the protesters are and that their concerns lie with the safety and protection of our environment, nature, human life, Health and well being. So come on daily Star tell it like it is! You have made a start by including, Pushing and Shoving! but you have excluded all the other documented evidence! I would like to see the Headlines informing the general public of the Police Brutality and bullying tactics, that is happening and documented daily! You are our voice and have a duty to print the clear and factual evidence! A concerned Mother and granny
 
alwynne Cartmell wrote
at 07:41:37 on 24 February 2014
fantastic day - super friendly loving people
 
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