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Manchester Piccadilly railway reopens after protest

05:32 Mon Mar 12, 2018

Taken from/By: bbc
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Manchester Piccadilly railway station has reopened after about 100 protesters stormed the railway lines.

Campaigners blocked the tracks and some tried to climb overhead line equipment, National Rail said.

Crowds of people thought to be opposed to Turkey’s war with Syrian Kurds held banners which read “stop Turkey from helping ISIS terrorists”.

The station was closed for about three hours and caused disruption and long delays for some travellers.

upt Mark Cleland, of British Transport Police (BTP), said: "While we appreciate and respect the right to peaceful protest, when this compromises the safety of the public and the protesters themselves, any offenders will attract the full investigative resources of BTP.

“Those involved in this afternoon’s incident will be subject to intense investigation with a view to arrest and prosecution.

“We will continue to maintain a police presence at this station and at other stations across the rail network.”

Officers were called to reports 100 people were protesting at Piccadilly station shortly after 13:00 GMT.

Meanwhile, Pro-Kurdish protesters demonstrating about Turkey’s military offensive in Afrin, Syria, have clashed with Turks and German police at Duesseldorf airport, leaving several people injured, said Agence France Presse.

Police used pepper spray against some demonstrators.

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