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(en) Ireland, Get Your A.s.s to Erris* - Latest news and photos from Rossport Solidarity Camp.

Date Mon, 18 Jul 2005 12:13:37 +0300

The Rossport Solidarity camp is up and running, there have been
people here from Louth, Clare, London, the north of England, Wales,
Galway, Tipperary, Kildare, Dublin, Donegal, Antrim, Cork and Mayo.
Mostly what we are doing is picketing the compound at
Rossport from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. each working day. This is to
dissuade workers contracted by Shell from entering. At the
moment there is very little activity in the compound, as due to
the popular action here in recent days Shell have called a temporary
halt to operations, but we are continuing in our efforts, well aware
that Shell have not halted for reasons of new found conscience.

We are slowly getting ourselves more organised and
permanent. We aim to be ready for resumption of work by
Shell-Statoil-Sicim-Roadbridge. On Tuesday morning some
Italians working for Sicim, one of the main construction
companies involved, attempted entry, but were persuaded not

There is generally a very low key Garda presence with a squad
car driving past maybe once or twice a day. Initially it was less
than this. We are doing this picketing with some of the local
children, and with Ray, whose field played host to the solidarity
gathering on the June Bank Holiday weekend, and Keiron,
whose brothers Philip and Vincent are part of the Rossport
Much of our role needs to be relieving local people who are
over-worked – for instance the road side vigil (see earlier
indymedia reports) was 24/7 for 12 days.

We operate under local leadership and with essential local
logistical support.
More folk are very welcome up here, come for a day or a week
or for the summer.
Another big job for us has been getting ready to provide
accommodation for you when you travel up.
We are on the right hand side if you are facing the compound,
and then in a field to the right again. See directions to Rossport
here: http://www.indymedia.ie/newswire.php?story_id=70581

photos of the picket.... Camping Photos...

by Terry Sunday, Jul 10 2005, 12:30am

Camping Photos.... (note the camp is right on the pipeline
route and nearby the houses of some of the imprisoned men)

Sorting the bender poles

The camp includes part of an old house

Your New Home

..and a compost toliet is included

add your comments

Camp Guidelines
by Terry - Shell to Sea Wednesday, Jul 13 2005, 1:35pm

This is not camping out for the weekend, this is a serious
political action that involves hard work and discipline, the
camp exists to contribute to the campaign not to jeopardize it.

No Alcohol/No Drugs – this is what the
media/state/corporations want – not us, we also want to
live here in peace.

The Police arrive we speak to them at the gates – they are
not allowed into the camp without a warrant.

Non-violence – again this is what the enemy wants in order
to justify repression, in any case you cannot compete violently
with the state, they are trained to deal with violence and not
ready for non-violent resistance.

Accountability – there are no individualist actions –
every action is checked through a collective process of
decision-making, we have a meeting every night.

This is a working camp – if you are here you are working
not lounging, there is lots of different valued work to do for
people of all ages/abilities/skills.

In regard to sexual harassment/sexual violence we are seeking
advice from the Safer Communities initiative in Dublin.

Housekeeping – waste is separated and sent for recycling
in Ballina, shit goes into the compost toilet, not piss.

When we have sufficient time/numbers we are helping some
folk who have been at the Rossport picket or whose
husbands’ are in prison with cutting turf or farm work.

Note all of the above is being enforced.

add your comments

More from the camp....
by Terry Wednesday, Jul 13 2005, 1:49pm

We also need donations of food such as:

Vegetables and spuds.
Flour/white + Brown
Bread soda
Natural yogurt and bio-yogurt
Tinned Tomatoes
Spices + Herbs
Oats/healthy cereal (e.g. Alpen)
Tea, milk, sugar.

And equipment such as tools, rain gear, candles, torches, and

Or you can donate money to the camp bank account at:
Bank of Ireland, NUIG,
Newcastle, Galway, Account Number 89174196, Sort Code
904018, Account Name Shannon Solidarity.
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