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(en) Ireland, WSM* Workers Solidarity #91 - Rossport Solidarity Camp Reopens by Terry Clancy

Date Sat, 15 Apr 2006 11:36:28 +0300

Rosssport Solidarity Camp is re-opening at the moment, in preparation for any
attempt by Shell to recommence work, something that they couldn't do over
winter, due to the fatal combination of rain and bog.
The camp was originally set up in June 2005, as a space for people to
travel to Erris to play a direct role in the struggle. Having the camp
is important, as the area has a low population, and so getting more
people to the coalface of resistance is crucial. Although getting little
corporate/state media coverage at the moment, the Shell to Sea campaign
continues to widen and deepen its resilient blockade of Shell and the state.
On March 12th, former prisoners Vincent McGrath and Micheál ó Seighin, were
given the honour of being grand marshals of
the San Francisco St.Patrick's Day parade.
In February prominent Shell to Sea campaign-
er and local school teacher Maura Harrington
was subjected to an attempt at intimidation,
when her car was tailgated from the weekly
Shell to Sea meeting, by a carload of young
men, driving without lights, number plates or
tax or insurance discs. After this car was cor-
nered and the police called it transpired the
driver was a security guard employed by Shell.
(Shell's main activity at the moment is in `public
relations', and they have hired Christy Loftus,
formerly of The Western People newspaper for
this sort of work. Shell have also hired John
Carey, who retired last year as Chief Super-
intendent of the Mayo Garda Division, as an
unspecified "advisor".)
While Rossport may be remote and isolated,
what is happening there isn't. A row of white
crosses stand across from the main gate at the
proposed refinery site in Ballinaboy, in stark
silent reminder of Shell's crimes in Nigeria.
Shell to Sea campaigners recently visited Rin-
gaskiddy, Cork, home of a battle against a toxic
waste incineration project and many travelled
to Dublin to support Irish Ferries workers op-
posing the untrammelled rule of big business.
In a Irish Times article Fianna Fail advisor
Martin Manseragh, commenting on the battle
against Shell, wrote: "Decisions on the exploi-
tation of natural resources, and valid law and
procedures to be followed by foreign compa-
nies, cannot be left to be determined by default
by local agitation.." and that the government
must: "redress the usurpation of its authority
to deal with third parties outside the State.".
That is our choice who will have the say, and
make the decisions, ordinary working people,
or IBEC's government.
More people are welcome to come to the camp
and details of how you can help can be found
on our website www.struggle.ws/rsc/ or by
phoning Tracey at 087 6543425 or Micheal 086

From Workers Solidarity 91, March/April 2006
PDF file online at http://www.struggle.ws/pdfs/ws/
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