HIGH LEVEL COLLUSION BETWEEN SALFORD COUNCIL, IGAS, GMP AND PEEL HOLDINGS DURING ANTI-FRACKING PROTESTS
A `Memorandum of Understanding’ obtained under the Freedom of Information Act shows the high level of collusion between Salford Council, IGas, Greater Manchester Police, Peel Holdings and other organisations during the anti-fracking protests at Barton Moss – sharing intelligence, communications and branding.
The Memorandum also set out the level of force that the police were expected to use, which has led solicitor Simon Pook to question “the violent actions of Greater Manchester Police at Barton Moss”.
“Forcing campaigners to take on not only the shale gas and oil companies and their multinational partners but the full resources of the state is unacceptable in a democratic society.” Netpol
During the anti-fracking protests at Barton Moss this year, Salford City Council largely played down its role, releasing virtually no statements, while no councillor or the City Mayor, Ian Stewart, actually visited the site to see for themselves the level of Greater Manchester Police activity, labelled ‘aggressive‘ and ‘intimidating’ by local residents who were there (see previous Salford Star articles – click here and click here).
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