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Six Campaigners convicted as community members block Shell's haulage in Mayo

category mayo | environment | news report author Tuesday February 21, 2012 11:20author by j debender - Rossport Solidarity Campauthor address Aughoose, Pullathomas, Mayoauthor phone 085.114.1170 Report this post to the editors

In Belmullet district court on Monday 20th February, 6 campaigners were
convicted of a total of 13 charges between them with fines totaling 3,035
euros. While this went on, local residents blocked Shell's haulage route
between Bellanaboy refinery and the compound in Glengad.

Monday was the beginning of a week-long special sitting for anyone arrested in the last year for protesting against Shell's Corrib Gas project. Yesterday 6 out of 19 people's cases were heard, and all 6 were convicted of every charge they faced. A bench warrent was issued for one person who was unable to attend court. So 12 people are left to be heard, some of them with 4 or 5 cases each.

Around 1pm a group of local residents decided to block the haulage route to Glengad, and were thrown off the road by Gardaí. The usual camera person Terence Conway was up in court in Belmullet, so the Gardaí took advantage of the lack of cameras and were fairly rough with people.

The last special sitting dealing with campaigners against Corrib resulted in 24 of 27 people being acquitted. So far this week, the Judge has not accepted any of the defense arguments.

At one stage when one defendant questioned the level of force that had been used on the protesters, Superintendent Patrick Diskin responded that "Public order situations are never pretty. pushing and shoving sometimes has to happen to ensure people don't get hurt."

Gardaí refused to arrest local people on the roads on Monday, instead using brute force. Yet they are happy to criminalise outside supporters in their effort to further isolate the community of Erris.

Stay tuned this week on shelltosea.com and twitter to find out what happens with the rest of the cases.

Related Link: http://shelltosea.com

 #   Title   Author   Date 
   #Corribcourt     Soundmigration    Wed Feb 22, 2012 02:10 
   A few questions     W. Finnerty    Wed Feb 22, 2012 16:15 
   you seem to have..     opus diablos    Wed Feb 22, 2012 17:14 
   "Can you initiate a citizens case on civil grounds?"     W. Finnerty    Thu Feb 23, 2012 12:02 
   ta w     opus diablos    Thu Feb 23, 2012 13:20 
   Anthony Coughlan     W. Finnerty    Thu Feb 23, 2012 13:38 
   no problem, W..     opus diablos    Thu Feb 23, 2012 14:45 
   Information sent to Anthony Coughlan (at National Platform), and to the United Nations Secretary General ...     W. Finnerty    Fri Feb 24, 2012 10:15 


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