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Villagers' Fracking Revolt Leads to Arrests

Environment  (tags: Fracking, FRACTIVISM, fractivism, activism, environment, destruction, protection, nature, ecosystems, conservation, energy )

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It started as a peaceful, middle-class protest against fracking, with music and even a cricket match. But it ended in 15 arrests yesterday as "professional activists" clashed with 90 police officers.

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Lisa W (143)
Saturday July 27, 2013, 7:14 am
Sounds like the wrong people were arrested, if this was peoaceful this is sooo srong!

Alice C (1797)
Saturday July 27, 2013, 7:44 am
I agree Lisa

Past Member (0)
Saturday July 27, 2013, 8:55 am
Thats the trouble with marches you always get professional troublemakers joining in

lee e (114)
Saturday July 27, 2013, 9:20 am
this is the beginning of a world-wide crisis response - we need more people willing to be arrested and to stop these oil-terrorists at all costs, they're murderers - getting away with it!

pam w (139)
Saturday July 27, 2013, 9:28 am
Hard to know what really happened, isn't it? BUT...fracking foes need to stand up and make their point!

Past Member (0)
Saturday July 27, 2013, 6:37 pm
Peaceful protestors are being arrested everywhere, for anything.

Nimue Michelle Pendragon Gaze (339)
Saturday July 27, 2013, 10:53 pm

Frances Darcy (133)
Sunday July 28, 2013, 5:48 am
Protesters are now regarded as terrorists.

Ali Gore (11)
Sunday July 28, 2013, 8:51 am
This is so wrong we live in a free country with a RIGHT to protest publicly. I will never agree to fracking and will be out protesting against it until the government listens

Barbara K (60)
Sunday July 28, 2013, 12:47 pm
I agree, Ali, we live in a free country (well, until recently) and we have a Right to protest publicly. Fracking is terrible and I fear we will live to regret it. Lakes are drying up and they are wondering why. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out that the water is going down the holes drilled into the planet.

Betty Kelly (4)
Sunday July 28, 2013, 1:42 pm
If being arrested for protesting fracking would STOP FRACKING I will do time.

cynthia l (207)
Sunday July 28, 2013, 2:02 pm
I have never understood the right of the police to forcibly remove peaceful protesters. If I thought it would stop the fracking I would be willing to be arrested. Fracking is dirty and damaging the earth. Sucking the very life from Mother Earth . Those holes are going to swallow us all

Joy M (169)
Sunday July 28, 2013, 2:29 pm

Colleen L (3)
Sunday July 28, 2013, 2:37 pm
Sad to think that protesters are now finding themselves behind bars for standing up for what they believe in. Thanks Cal

Lois Jordan (63)
Sunday July 28, 2013, 3:28 pm
While violence in protest is never condoned, I didn't read where any of the protesters were violent. In fact, while many of us will join marches, or publicly protest in masses...we must realize that there is another faction involved that is willing to be arrested. During Occupy, it was made clear to the protesters that those who didn't wish to be arrested should stand away from those who linked arms and sat. I watched a batch of nurses and others sit in a circle during the Chicago protest. Many wandered off, but stood by in support.
We must continue to grow much larger numbers in protest, and either step up or stand back when a confrontation with law enforcement is near. We need each other.

Ann Breeden (65)
Sunday July 28, 2013, 3:47 pm
Sussex is quite a beautiful part of England. I can hardly believe that they're planning to frack every two miles.
To demonstrate peacefully is a God given right. When does this insanity ever end? Well, I guess it doesn't which is a shame.

Kate Kenner (215)
Sunday July 28, 2013, 3:49 pm
I say BRAVO to the protesters. Exploration? Sounds bogus. It is not safe for the planet, the people, or the wildlife who live there. I keep hearing that line about making sure it is safe and going ahead only after it making sure it is safe. Yeah sure. They have made up their minds already.Governments are supposed to work for the people; the problem is they don't say which people.
I say keep on protesting though. I applaud them all.

Hartson Doak (39)
Sunday July 28, 2013, 5:28 pm
Got any earthquakes near Sussex? You will if they start fracking with Mother.

Sheila D (194)
Sunday July 28, 2013, 5:42 pm
A Standing Ovation from here to those willing to be arrested for their beliefs. Being arrested doesn't mean not peaceful. It just means that some of the protesters had to be physically moved out of the way, which in turn meant they were arrested. Yet they were called hardcore troublemakers. Imagine that...

Kudos to all of the protesters.

Debra Tate (17)
Sunday July 28, 2013, 6:18 pm

Birgit W (160)
Sunday July 28, 2013, 6:28 pm
Sad how normal folks are treated when they want to speak up. Police should spend more time to find real criminals.

. (0)
Sunday July 28, 2013, 6:34 pm
That's terrible! Fracking is an evil practice and needs to be protested against.

Tom C Sullivan (98)
Sunday July 28, 2013, 8:33 pm

Joanne D (38)
Sunday July 28, 2013, 10:07 pm
Arrested for not being rich. more likely. This is becomeing world wide.

Dianne D (490)
Sunday July 28, 2013, 11:04 pm
There should have been no arrests if the protest was peaceful. Something doesn't sound right with this story.

Inge B (202)
Monday July 29, 2013, 12:02 am
Look at the picture and tell me who's the criminal?

Love, Peace and Understanding

Lona G (80)
Monday July 29, 2013, 2:13 am
Even the arrested people looked rather peaceful and certainly weren't violent in those pictures. From the way the police moved in, the government was all geared up for a fight.
The next time things will certainly turn nasty if the government 'anticipates' in the same manner. people are just not going to take fracking.

lee e (114)
Monday July 29, 2013, 1:31 pm
those of us who have attended several protests understand the parameters designated by most PD's - and it is understood that over-stepping them - although done non-violently, is "civil disobedience" and punishment by law is assumed. It is done systematically, but it is done by demonstrators who wish to show their countrymen the extent to which the country is willing to go against the people's will - not everyone will be arrested - but please pay attention why they go to such extremes!
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