Socialist Worker

Activist refuses to bow to fracking intimidation

by Audrey Glover & Alison Willis
Issue No. 2510

Tina Rothey addresses supporters outside Blackpool magistrates court

Tina Rothey addresses supporters outside Blackpool magistrates' court (Pic: Stewart Willis)


Over 100 people gathered outside Blackpool magistrates’ court on Friday of last week as anti-fracking activist Tina Rothery faced her first hearing.

Fracking firm Cuadrilla is suing her for over £55,000—the cost of evicting an anti-fracking protest camp in Lancashire.

Tina insisted she had done nothing wrong and refused to give personal financial details or engage with the process.

The case will be referred back to Cuadrilla, which has five days to consider pursuing the matter. If it does, Tina could face two weeks in prison.

The protesters, who came from as far away as Scotland, wore “I am Tina Rothery” T-shirts.

Fracking

There was a strong trade union presence. Don Naylor from the Unison union spoke about the need to get more support in unions for the fight against fracking.

Sue Under from Kendal told Socialist Worker that she had felt “depressed and compelled to do something” when she heard Tina was in court.

Hilary Chuter from Lancaster said, “We need more of these protests, we have to do this for ourselves.”

Tina gave a rousing speech as she left court. She said that she had a little wobble but “at that moment the wind caught the curtain and I could see 100 faces outside. I realised it wasn’t me talking but 100 of us.”

She told supporters that in the fight against gas firms and the government, “We won’t be bullied any more.”


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