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Resisting the frackers in Eccles

by Adam Rose
Issue No. 2382

Anti-fracking activists in Eccles

Anti-fracking activists in Eccles (Pic: Adam Rose)

Around 60 people came together to resist the plans of iGas to extract coal methane and then begin fracking at Barton Moss in Eccles, Greater Manchester.

Protesters gathered at 9am on Wednesday of last week, at less than a day’s notice.

The site is owned by Peel Holdings, a huge property development company. The previous day, a protester had been injured and arrested. 

Activists successfully resisted the lorries for about an hour and a half.

Large numbers of police, including a police helicopter, pushed the protestors slowly down the road. Three people were arrested, but were released without charge.

A Polish joiner who lived nearby said that he was doing this for his children. He couldn’t believe that the local council had let this happen.

From an excellent start, the campaign needs to now mobilise a larger number of people.

A solidarity demo has been called for Sunday 8 December. Assemble 12.30pm at junction of Barton Moss and Liverpool Rd, Barton, M30 7RL

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