If just 20 people can halt a major construction site, imagine what 20,000,000 aware and determined people could do. The Police try hard not to react so as not to create news. If real numbers showed up, they’d get their crowd-smashing weaponry out 0 the Tactical Aid Unit, the TAU- or Thugs Are Us as the anti-frackers call them.
14:27, 1 SEPTEMBER 2015 UPDATED 16:31, 1 SEPTEMBER 2015
BY STEVE BAGNALL
North Wales Police are in attendance as construction vehicles are prevented from entering and leaving the site on Wrexham Industrial Estate
Protesters have today blockaded the Wrexham super prison site preventing construction vehicles from getting in and out.
Around 20 campaigners have been blocking access to the former Firestone factory works site on Wrexham Industrial Estate since around 9.30am.
The group are believed to be members of Reclaim The Fields, but they have refused to confirm this.
One protester, who did not wish to be named, said: “We don’t think the prison should be built, it’s going to be a workhouse and Dickensian and there hasn’t been proper consultation on this.
“We have just done this protest on spec because we thought concerns needed to be highlighted.”
The campaigners are sat outside the main entrances to the construction site for the prison, which is due to open in 2017 at a cost of £212m, housing an estimated 2,100 inmates.
Dressed mainly in black, one protester was spotted holding a poster saying “gardens not prisons”, while a banner which had been tied to the fencing read “fire to the prisons”.
One lorry driver told the Daily Post he had been trying to gain access to the site for four hours, while another driving a cement mixer had to leave after two hours of waiting because his load was going to spoil.
Steve BagnallProtesters at the Wrexham prison siteProtesters at the Wrexham prison site
Another driver, whose lorry has been parked outside the gate for three hours, said: “I have been told to sit tight for now. We are prevented from going in.
“To be honest I don’t think this is going to gain anything, it’s going to be built whatever.
“If they don’t have prisons what do they expect to do with criminals.”
Another local businessman who didn’t want to be named said: “Prisons have to be built somewhere and this site has the infrastructure and the travel points to support it and it’s far enough away not to be bothering big communities.”
North Wales Police are at the scene and say they are monitoring the situation.
Supt Alex Goss of North Wales Police said: “North Wales Police are aware a group of protesters have converged close to the site of the proposed new prison build near Wrexham.
“We have a responsibility to allow peaceful protest and to maintain public order to ensure public safety and uphold the law.
“As such we are monitoring the situation and are in contact with all parties concerned and at this time the protest is being policed proportionately and appropriately.”
The Daily Post is waiting for a response from the Ministry of Justice.
TAP – They need more prisons to put away environmental protesters and others who don’t roll over and obey when humanity’s future existence is threatened. These prisons are massive profit earners as the prisoners are put to work for tiny wages. The courts are paid bonuses for convicting larger numbers of people, and jailing them. As in the US, so in Britain, prison is becoming just a business, where corporations make fortunes and the system of so-called justice is perverted into profit.