UPDATED: Anti-blacklist campaigner run over at demonstration in Manchester needs “re-constructive surgery”
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By John Millington
64 year old blacklist campaigner George Tapp was ploughed down and dragged 100 yards along a road at a demo outside Manchester City FC yesterday.
Friends and supporters have reported that he has 2 broken legs and a fractured knee cap.
And it has just been confirmed that he needs “re-constructive surgery” following the collision.
2 other blacklisted workers joining Mr Tapp on the peaceful demonstration were also hit by the same car.
A spokesman for the Blacklist Support Group which has campaigned to expose blacklisting companies within the construction industry said in a statement on social media:
“George is a blacklist hero who has been campaigning with fellow blacklisted worker Steve Acheson for many years.”
“He recently attended the Blacklist Support Group AGM and led a delegation of blacklisted workers who encouraged the Mayor of Salford to ban blacklisting firms from publicly funded contracts.”
“We wish him a speed recovery.”
No more information about the car or who was responsible is currently available.
The incident is likely to inflame tensions and galvanise support for the campaign which is being led by the Unite and GMB trade unions.
Chief Supt Russ Jackson told the Manchester Evening News that CCTV showed the man and that he appeared to be standing on the front of a car bonnet when the car moved.
He said: “From what we can see from CCTV, protesters were blocking Ashton New Road, preventing motorists from going any further.
“A number of people stood in front of the Ford Ka and climbed upon the bonnet before it moved forward. The car then travelled a short distance at a slow speed before it stopped and one of the men fell off. The car reversed and drove off.
“We are working to ascertain whether any criminal offence has occurred and I would ask the driver of the car or anyone who witnessed the incident to contact police. Officers are now in the process of talking to representatives of Unite Union and BAM Construction to establish what happened last night.”
“While we respect the democratic right of anyone holding a peaceful protest, if we believe individuals have behaved in an unlawful manner, we will take action.”