A mother and a Fireman and ex-serviceman have both been unlawfully arrested in a spate of new arrests on the footpath at Barton Moss Protection Camp. Today was designated ‘Childrens Day’ due to the half term holiday and a range of activities to include the children in the march and enable families to support the camp. It seem GMP have taken this opportunity to make an example of peaceful protest and arrest the quiet and vulnerable.
After speaking to the arrested man, Steve, following his release from Swinton Police Station where a vigil is held by protestors each evening, we correct the misquote from previous version below-
The words our ex-serviceman and local fireman said to the police as he was waiting for a prison van were ‘I feel like I am doing more to protect my country now than I ever did in the
army Armed Forces‘
I know Steve personally and he asked me to post this to clarify his background –
“I served nine and a half years in the Military, the first six and and a half were with the Royal Navy and the last three were with a specialist Army unit called 148 Commando Battery, who’s main role was Naval Gunfire Support in small forward observation teams, my role was as radio operator. I completed All Arms Commando Course run by the Royal Marines in 1996 to earn my Green Beret and Commando Dagger, followed by a ‘Jumps’ course at RAF Brize Norton to earn my Parachute Wings. So, in a sentence – I was a sailor, working as a soldier, trained by the Royal Marines and the RAF. Not a lot of people know about 148 Battery, hence all the confusion (even amongst my friends, as I rarely talk about my time in the military). I did an operational tour of Bosnia as a peace keeper just before I left the military, hence the Former Yugoslavia medal, and I’m proud to have never fired a shot in anger during my whole service. The two jubilee medals were for public service, everybody got them ‘just for turning up’. I have never worn my medals on my uniform. Barton Moss was the first ever time, and I honestly do not and care not for the order in which they should go, nor how untidy my 18 year old army T-Shirt is. I’m quite ambivalent about what the Military has become due to the poor way in which our injured soldiers are treated on return and also the devastation it causes to the lives of innocent people around the world. It’s very hard to say that today due to the jingoistic discourse from our leaders and the main stream media, but I am not, and never have been afraid to stand up and be counted. I’m currently a firefighter and the gold medal was won at the World Police and Fire Games (A kind of Police and Firefighters Olympics). I have two more golds and a silver but thought it would be ‘showing off’ to wear them all. My choice of dress and medals on display at Barton Moss was purely symbolic, hoping to raise more awareness of the Anti Fracking Campaign and also to show how diverse the group of people are, who give up their time and exercise their right to protest against this abomination, that has the potential to poison all our water courses, just as it has done in the USA and other countries around the world. I would like to think that I have raised the profile of the Anti Fracking Movement, but it has come at a personal cost to me and I still may have to face some, as yet unknown consequences for my actions. I’ve also copped for a bit of stick, but I suppose that goes with the territory. I am who I am, I’ve done what I’ve done and I’ll continue to do what I do – Stand up and be counted, with my integrity intact”.
See the story unfold here