Published On: Sun, Mar 11th, 2018

Manchester Piccadilly station CLOSED as anti-ISIS protesters STORM TRACKS

A number of people were seen clambering on to the tracks as station staff tried to stop them.

Around 100 protesters entered the station, carrying banners reading: “Stop Turkey from helping ISIS terrorists.”

A Northern Rail spokesman said just before 2pm: “Due to a trespass incident at Manchester Piccadilly some lines are blocked.

“Passengers are advised that all lines are suspended in and out of Manchester Piccadilly. This is due to protesters on the track.”

A spokesman for British Transport Police said: “We were called to Manchester Piccadilly station shortly after 1pm on Sunday, 11 March following reports of protestors trespassing on the tracks.

“The station has been closed while officers at the scene work to ensure their safe removal and the reopening of the station.”

One passenger told Manchester Evening News: “My train to Wigan was supposed to be leaving at about 1.15pm.

“I came through the main door and a mass of about 100 people with banners chanting something were there.

“I couldn’t tell what they were chanting.

“I went off to Platform 14 to get my train and as I was standing on the platform a voice came over the tannoy and said the trains will be put on hold due to a trespass incident.

“We saw people walking on most of the tracks. It seemed pretty peaceful.

”There were a lot of frustrated travellers and a lot of confusion about what was happening.”

A spokesman for the Friends of Kurdistan Manchester said: “This is a spot demonstration of angry people who feel the UK government has been quiet on this issue.

“Our job is to try and help the Kurdish community here as much as we can.

“The international community and the media are not paying enough attention to this issue.”

More to follow.

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