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(en) Britain, Anarchist journal, Resistance #88 - Send Shell to sea

Date Mon, 23 Oct 2006 07:55:57 +0200


Shell are currently attempting to resume control of their refinery construction
site at Ballinaboy, Mayo in the west of Ireland.
Building has been shut down by pickets since the beginning of July 2005. Protests
at the site began after five residents were imprisoned for opposing Shell's plans
to devastate the area with a refinery complex and production gas pipeline.
From Monday the 11th of September onwards we have been on a heightened state
of alert in Mayo.
At most crucial moments this has involved people staying up all night to keep watch
on the gates of the onetime refinery construction site in Ballinaboy, and the picket
there starting up at between 4 a.m. and 5 a.m. instead of between 7 a.m. and 8 a.m.
with numbers at around one hundred rather
than the usual half a dozen. Last Tuesday
September 26th the cops and Shell sub-
contractors arrived, but were turned away.
When they don't show up the situation is
not that they are not trying to get in. Each
day they are being stopped.
You can be sure that numbers at the picket
are being checked each day and that vari-
ous means are being employed to lessen
the mobilisation, such as smear stories in
the media, an increased police presence,
intimidatory intelligence gathering, extra
security guards.
This is a test of determination and resil-
ience. The sub-contractors have been
mobilised to be ready to enter the site. This
is an attack, for the most part not very spec-
tacular but very real nonetheless.
At the time of writing - the 3rd of October
- police, brought in from around the coun-
try, are gathering in a nearby town, mostly
likely to attempt to break the picket.
Shell's currently published schedule had
them doing preparatory civil engineering
works and water treatment from Septem-
ber onwards, peat removal in spring 07,
and full scale refinery construction in mid
July 07.
One analysis has it that it is crucial for them
to sort out the water-logged almost lake
like mess the site has become, which is only
going to become worse as winter beckons,
hence the current push.
Solidarity actions at the premises of Shell
or the Irish state are very welcome.
More information see: www.shelltosea.com
www.indymedia.ie/mayo www.struggle.ws/
rsc/ or call (00353) 857629614
---------------------------------------------
Shell to Sea Campaign,
public meeting.
Two speakers from the Rossport Solidar-
Rossport Solidar-
ity Camp will be speaking in Manchester
on 2nd November 2006. The meeting
will start at 7.30pm at The Basement, 24
Piccadilly
Lever Street (off Piccadilly Gardens).
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