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REPORT ON SALFORD POLICING OF ANTI FRACKING PROTESTS AT BARTON MOSS
 

Star date: 20th February 2016

BARTON MOSS POLICING REPORT LAUNCH

Keep Moving!
A report on the policing of the Barton Moss Community Protection Camp
Wednesday 24th February 7pm-9pm
Friends Meeting House

Never mind the GM Police Commissioner's report into the policing of the anti-fracking protests at Barton Moss, here's the alternative, with contributions from academics, lawyers and those who were actually there. The report launches this Wednesday at Friends Meeting House in Manchester.

Full details here…


The anti-fracking protests at Barton Moss, which took place between November 2013 and April 2014, gained as much attention for how they were policed as the controversial process of hydraulic fracturing which they opposed.

Back in October 2014, a report into the Baron Moss policing by the Police and Crime Commissioner's Independent Panel, was slated as being neither credible nor independent – as Greater Manchester Police had the final input before publication (see previous Salford Star article – click here).

This Wednesday, however, a new report, titled Keep Moving!, is being launched, containing interim findings from research into the policing and concerns about the nature, function and proportionality of the policing operation at the Camp and the way that policing methods were deployed.

The authors of the report, Dr Joanna Gilmore from University of York, and Dr Will Jackson and Dr Helen Monk from Liverpool John Moores University, say they hope the report will "inform the way in which relevant bodies and media organisations monitor the policing of protests."

The launch event will feature a number of speakers, including those involved in the protest itself, legal representatives, and the authors of the report…

Keep Moving!
A report on the policing of the Barton Moss Community Protection Camp
Wednesday 24th February 7pm-9pm
Room G1
Friends Meeting House
6 Mount Street
Manchester
M2 5NS

Speakers include:
Katrina Lawrie (Barton Moss Protector)
Simon Pook (Robert Lizar Solicitors)
Joanna Gilmore (University of York)
Will Jackson (LJMU)
Helen Monk (LJMU)

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Words by Steven Speed

maggi wolf wrote
at 17:07:58 on 21 February 2016
Mobility issues meant I only managed to attend a couple of family day events at Barton Moss. These were very well attended by hundreds of people; yet the police presence was conspicuous only by its absence. Compare this to what could be clearly seen day in, day out on the live-streams; where police numbers in themselves were often intimidating, so greatly outnumbering protectors as they did; add-in the daily [and nightly] police violence, which simply cannot be justified. This was NOT protecting the peoples right to protest by any stretch of the imagination.
 
Chaz wrote
at 07:04:17 on 21 February 2016
I couldn’t go down to Barton Moss because I was too scared of the police and what they were doing to people there so I used to watch the livestreams. After watching them I used to cry my eyes out at what I had witnessed. I can't thank the brave Salfordians and folk from elsewhere enough. iGas said that they'd be back in September 2014. They've not dared to return thanks to those heroes.
 
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