Upcoming Events

Mayo | Environment

no events match your query!

New Events

Mayo

no events posted in last week

Blog Feeds

Spirit of Contradiction

offsite link The Party and the Ballot Box Sun Jul 14, 2019 22:24 | Gavin Mendel-Gleason

offsite link On The Decline and Fall of The American Empire and Socialism Sat Jan 26, 2019 01:52 | S. Duncan

offsite link What is Dogmatism and Why Does It Matter? Wed Mar 21, 2018 08:10 | Sylvia Smith

offsite link The Case of Comrade Dallas Mon Mar 19, 2018 19:44 | Sylvia Smith

offsite link Review: Do Religions Evolve? Mon Aug 14, 2017 19:54 | Dara McHugh

Spirit of Contradiction >>

Public Inquiry
Interested in maladministration. Estd. 2005

offsite link Did RTE journalists collude against Sinn Fein?

offsite link Irish Examiner bias Anthony

offsite link RTE: Propaganda ambush of Sinn Fein Anthony

offsite link Hong Kong and democracy Anthony

offsite link Oliver Callan: Back in his box Anthony

Public Inquiry >>

The Saker
A bird's eye view of the vineyard

offsite link SouthFront Sends Warmest Greetings To US Department Of State Thu Aug 06, 2020 23:22 | amarynth
DEAR FRIENDS, READERS, SUBSCRIBERS, AND SUPPORTERS, We are pleased to inform you about another eye-opening report about SouthFront?s work released by the highest levels of the US government. In early

offsite link How Western Media Fabricate The ?China Experts? Thu Aug 06, 2020 22:32 | The Saker
by Thorsten J. Pattberg for The Saker Blog NEW YORK ? A media professional from China asks: ?Why do the Western media always promote the same ?China experts? who preach

offsite link War Drums Beat In Middle East After Thousands Of Casualties In Beirut Explosion Thu Aug 06, 2020 12:25 | amarynth
South Front On the evening of August 4th, a massive explosion rocked the port of the Lebanese capital of Beirut, causing devastating damage and leaving thousands of casualties. The explosion

offsite link Sitrep Lebanon : How 2,750 tonnes of ammonium nitrate were stranded in Beirut port for 6 years Thu Aug 06, 2020 12:05 | amarynth
Source: Al-Mayadeen, Lebanese TV channel pro-Hezbollah, August 5th, 2020 Translation: resistancenews.org https://www.youtube.com/wat... https://www.dailymotion.com... Transcript: Greetings. Anyone who sees these photos will find it hard to believe that they show the

offsite link Moveable Feast Cafe 2020/08/05 ? Open Thread Wed Aug 05, 2020 22:30 | Herb Swanson
2020/08/05 21:30:02Welcome to the ‘Moveable Feast Cafe’. The ‘Moveable Feast’ is an open thread where readers can post wide ranging observations, articles, rants, off topic and have animate discussions of

The Saker >>

Gardaí Step Up Their Protection of Shell

category mayo | environment | news report author Wednesday August 03, 2011 17:27author by j debender - Rossport Solidarity Campauthor address A field in Aughoose, between Ballinaboy and Pullathomasauthor phone 0851141170 Report this post to the editors

A new prison van, 40 new guards drafted in, and reckless policing of tractor movements

On Tuesday 2nd August Shell's work was halted for most of the day, only two tractors getting into the Aughoose compound by 3.30pm. There was a heavily increased garda presence with up to 40 guards being drafted in from Roscommon and elsewhere, and four arrests were made.
p8020150.jpg

At 7am on Tuesday local residents and folks from the Rossport Solidarity Camp met at the gates of Shell's Ballanaboy refinery to stop any tractors from bringing equipment to the compound at Aughoose. Shell normally begin tractor movements right at 7, but since protesters were present they decided to wait until the Gardaí arrived rather than risk someone getting up on top of a tractor.

A few squad cars drove by to check things out in the morning, but everything was quiet for over 5 hours. There was a presence of 25 to 30 protesters for most of the morning. People chatted, played music, and had tea and scones in the sun, all the while blocking Shell.

Around 12 noon a prison van complete with 7 cells arrived on the scene, probably brought in from Galway or Dublin. There were also a couple paddy wagons, a few squad cars, and detective Brett Nolan's unmarked car- in total about 40 gardaí. They started to bring out the first tractor of the day at about 12:15pm, over 5 hours late.

Everyone ran down the road to get a good bit in front of the tractor and some people sat down linking arms and legs, a repeat of the technique that had been so successful on Thursday. However the 20 or so gardaí who were running alongside and in front of the tractor directed the tractor to swerve around the people sitting in the road, onto the verge. When people saw that the tractor was going around them they got up and ran after it. Lots of chaos, people getting thrown around by the guards, people standing in front of a tractor that wouldn't stop and was driving very fast and dangerously. At one stage the tractor wheel was within 6 inches of a local woman's head, but the driver still didn't stop. See the many photos for a better idea of what happened.

One person was running in the field along the public road on land owned by Coilte, and two guards tackled him to the ground and arrested him under the public order act, despite the fact that he was on private land. Within 30 minutes three more people had been arrested, all of them pretty random. The arrests were unlawful seeing as people hadn't been given warnings.

Shell got very little work done last week because of protesters, and it seems that the gardaí have changed their tactics this week in an effort to control the protests.

Rossport Solidarity Camp member Gillian Carlos comments, “there's no way the Gardaí will be able to maintain this level of policing for the next two years. It takes 30 guards running alongside one tractor to keep protesters from climbing the tractor or blocking the road, and in Shell's traffic management plan, the first month of construction is supposed to involve 159 truck movements a day.”

The red bus outside the refinery has been revived, and locals are starting to come out to the refinery gates in the mornings again. The roadblocks and the protests will continue, but more people are needed to sustain the levels of successful blockades that have been happening. Come up and see for yourself! An amazing bluegrass country gig in McGuire's Tuesday night got people together and lifted everyone's spirits. Belle Star is a band from Virginia in the states, check out the campaign they are involved in:
http://mountainjustice.org/

If you want to visit the camp there is plenty for everyone; join in the protests, or help in the garden, or help with site maintenance. The camp is located in a field in Aughoose, between Ballinaboy and Pullathomas.

Ring the camp at 0851141170 or email at rossportsolidaritycamp[at]gmail[dot]com

Related Link: http://shelltosea.com

The first 5 hours of the day were pretty relaxing
The first 5 hours of the day were pretty relaxing

the sit-down blockade
the sit-down blockade

p8020027.jpg

the guards directing the tractor to drive off the road
the guards directing the tractor to drive off the road

 #   Title   Author   Date 
   more photos     j debender    Wed Aug 03, 2011 17:34 
   photos     j debender    Wed Aug 03, 2011 17:40 
   photos     photos    Wed Aug 03, 2011 17:49 
   Shell upholds its time honoured tradition     Crusty 666    Wed Aug 03, 2011 23:04 


 
© 2001-2020 Independent Media Centre Ireland. Unless otherwise stated by the author, all content is free for non-commercial reuse, reprint, and rebroadcast, on the net and elsewhere. Opinions are those of the contributors and are not necessarily endorsed by Independent Media Centre Ireland. Disclaimer | Privacy