It would appear from yesterday’s footage that GMP continue to impede the public’s right to peacefully protest. In order to assist iGas in progressing with their operations at maximum efficiency at the fracking site in Irlam yesterday, members of the public were pushed along the footpath by a strong line of TAU (tactical aid unit) police. People who were filming the activity were filmed being shoved back and a woman was detained at the side of the road, kept there against her will whilst the lorries were assisted down the footpath by GMP.
Based on the hours of video footage recorded at Barton Moss (readily available for viewing on YouTube, Facebook and other social media), it is becoming increasingly evident that GMP appear to be policing the peaceful protest in such a way which fulfils the corporate and government agenda. In a time of money saving, cuts and ‘efficiencies’ within the police force, one wonders why so much of GMP’s resources, money and time are being spent ensuring that the fracking is able to continue without delay, disregarding the rights of the public to peacefully protest in the process.