Last month, three anti-fracking campaigners were jailed for 'public nuisance', after climbing on board lorries to delay deliveries to the Cuadrilla fracking site at Preston New Road. Roscoe Blevins and Richard Roberts were given 16 months sentences; while Richard Loizou got 15 months.
Tomorrow, Saturday 6th October, their #FreeTheThree supporters will be holding a protest march from Preston Train Station to the jail to show solidarity with the activists...
"The judge said harsh sentences were necessary because the men still maintained their actions were justified, there was a serious danger of reoffending and they could not be 'rehabilitated'!" states Judy Paskell, from the Campaign Against Climate Change
"This is a clear attempt to suppress all effective protest against fracking, coming after the Government's overturning of local democracy in Lancashire, the recent draconian injunction granted to Cuadrilla and the change in the law to remove the need for planning permission for the exploratory stages of fracking" she adds.
The #FreeTheThree campaign adds: "While they're locked up they can only have three visits a month. But they are allowed into the exercise yard on weekend afternoons. In the exercise yard you can't see out, but you can hear out!
"These guys took action because they get the big picture, they wanted to support folks in Lancashire, and they know that fossil fuel exploitation at home is going to affect millions of vulnerable people worldwide" it adds "Now they've been torn away from their families and locked up. So let's pay them a visit together. Bring yourself, your messages and placards, and a red rose if you have any. Let's break down the walls with love and solidarity!"
Supporters from Greater Manchester are meeting at the Preston train platform at 11am to get the 11:14am to Preston station which arrives at 11:58am. The return train from Preston is at 2:48pm arriving back in Manchester at 3:27pm.
The fare is around £10.80 and the Campaign Against Climate Change is offering a £5 subsidy to anyone who needs it.
The actual protest march goes from Preston train station to the jail at 12:30pm and will last until 2pm.
For further details see the #FreeTheThree Facebook event page – click here
For a full background see previous Salford Star article – click here