An indigenous leader who opposed the Dakota Access Pipeline at Standing Rock in the US urged anti-fracking campaigners in Lancashire today to “let go of their fears”.
William Hawk (above left), on a visit to Cuadrilla’s shale gas site at Preston New Road near Blackpool, said his one message to protesters was: “Don’t be afraid”.
“Fear is what they want you to feel because they know it’s easy to put fear into people.
“Whenever you let that fear go and whenever you realise that what I’m doing – whether I live or whether I die – is going to protect future generations then that’s the most empowering and beautiful thing you can have.
“Let go of your fears and let that love shine and love one another and love the future. That future is up to us to protect.”
“Get off your video games. Get out of your cars”
William Hawk said young people had started the grassroots movement against the plan to build a pipeline across land owned by the Standing Rock tribe.
“People went from all over the world to Standing Rock because of our youth.
“I encourage the youth here in the UK.
“Get out of your homes. Get off your video games. Get out of your cars. Really do your research on what fracking is. Do your research on what oil companies are doing to your land.
“This is your land. You are the stewards of the land.”
Speaking to Green Party co-leader, Jonathan Bartley, he said he hoped to “empower, encourage and enlighten” the protesters who have been demonstrating outside the site since work began in January.
“I know the community here has been struggling with this for the past six years. I’m here to reignite that flame that’s been dimming because I know that’s difficult to fight a fight whenever you feel defeated, especially when you have a police force like this that’s constantly against you, constantly pushing you down.”
But he said the police were a distraction, as they had been at Standing Rock.
“We weren’t against our government, we weren’t against the police. We were against this oil company because they were the ones that were making our government a corporate entity and we wanted to take that back.
“This is our government. We own that government. We are going to take that back.
“That’s what people need to be doing here. You need to take back your government. Because it’s being bought out simply by oil companies.”