We at Frack Free Tameside fully support the Barton Moss Community Protection Camp and feel strongly that the camp should be allowed to remain. The protectors there have worked bravely, peacefully, and tirelessly to raise awareness of the dangers of fracking locally and nationally, providing a service to the community that – in a better world – would fall within the scope of our elected representatives.
Alas, it is left to brave citizens such as those at the Barton Moss Camp to make people aware that their water, air and environment are at risk of irreversible contamination from fracking – that will have devastating affects on their health and the health of future generations to come.
We have attended the camp on many occasions to support and spend time with the brave protectors there and have always been treated with the utmost respect by them. Indeed, their behaviour has been exemplary in the face of increasing violence, hostility and provocation from the Greater Manchester police who seem to have torn up and thrown out the human rights protections afforded to peaceful demonstrators.
The Barton Moss Protection Camp should not be underestimated as a symbol of peaceful resistance that is an example to the nation as a whole. We therefore request that the high court should uphold the recognition of the verge which they are occupying as part of the public footpath, and not of privately owned land, and therefore out of the civil jurisdiction of those who have vested interests in moving them on. We, the public, are very happy for them to stay as long as they are willing to, they are not obstructing pedestrian’s rights of way – unlike the fleet of 35,000 ltr tankers which are using a public footpath illegally.