Upcoming Events

Mayo | Environment

no events match your query!

New Events

Mayo

no events posted in last week

User Preferences

  • Language - en | ga
  • text size >>
  • make this your indymedia front page make this your indymedia front page

Blog Feeds

Public Inquiry
Interested in maladministration. Estd. 2005

offsite link Orwell’s 1984 arrives in 2018 Ireland

offsite link Elaine Byrne: Not speaking full truth to power Anthony

offsite link Israel/Ireland: Corruption comparison Anthony

offsite link Irish cowboy town and fake regulatory agencies Anthony

offsite link Elaine Byrne: Failing to join up the dots on state corruption Anthony

Public Inquiry >>

The Saker
A bird's eye view of the vineyard

offsite link Syrian War Report ? April 23, 2018: Militant-Held Pockets Crumbling In Western Syria Mon Apr 23, 2018 21:29 | Scott
https://southfront.org/syrian-war-rep... Syrian government forces are developing an advance against ISIS in the Yarmouk refugee camp area in southern Damascus. The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and its allies have liberated the

offsite link I will be out of reach just for a few days for a short but much needed break Mon Apr 23, 2018 19:07 | The Saker
Dear friends, I just wanted to let you know that I will be on the road for a few days and totally out of reach.  Specifically, I will be completely

offsite link Caspian games: Central Asian ?stans? vie for connectivity market Mon Apr 23, 2018 18:21 | The Saker
by Pepe Escobar (cross-posted with the Asia Times by special agreement with the author) Azerbaijan held a presidential election this month. Predictably, incumbent leader Ilham Aliyev won his fourth consecutive

offsite link Of snakes and men (UPDATED) Mon Apr 23, 2018 17:48 | The Saker
by Krysztof Daletski An allegorical ballad describing the current deliberate escalation due to Western arrogance and hubris. Thanks to my daughter for singing with me, to Anja, Lea and Pete

offsite link The DPRK declares itself a nuclear power Mon Apr 23, 2018 03:11 | The Saker
Note by the Saker: please read carefully what this official statement says.  There are two key elements here, first, the DPRK has successfully completed its program of nuclear tests and

The Saker >>

Human Rights in Ireland
www.humanrights.ie

offsite link #abortiontravel Cordelia Freeman on ?The Chile-Peru Abortion Trail and the Irish Experience? Thu Apr 19, 2018 14:13 | GuestPost

offsite link #abortiontravel Sydney Calkin on ?The Changing Geographies of Abortion Access? Wed Apr 18, 2018 14:08 | GuestPost

offsite link #abortiontravel Kath Browne & Catherine Nash on ?Love both?: Naming Heteroactivism? Tue Apr 17, 2018 13:01 | GuestPost

offsite link #abortiontravel Katherine Side on ?Medical Abortion Use: Post-Referendum Possibilities? Mon Apr 16, 2018 14:01 | GuestPost

offsite link Blog Carnival: Spatiality and Abortion Travel Mon Apr 16, 2018 13:58 | Fiona de Londras

Human Rights in Ireland >>

Cedar Lounge
For lefties too stubborn to quit

offsite link Azerbaijan, corruption, and ex-TD Michael McNamara 21:37 Mon Apr 23, 2018 | Tomboktu

offsite link FF on Brexit: They say they want to do something different, but what exactly? 11:46 Mon Apr 23, 2018 | WorldbyStorm

offsite link That gap between FF and SF in the latest opinion poll? 10:00 Mon Apr 23, 2018 | WorldbyStorm

offsite link Left Archive: Why is the Health Service in Crisis? Socialist Workers Party, c. 2005 03:50 Mon Apr 23, 2018 | irishonlineleftarchive

offsite link Sleeping in the light 13:33 Sun Apr 22, 2018 | WorldbyStorm

Cedar Lounge >>

Gardaí frustrated as protests in Mayo continue

category mayo | environment | news report author Friday June 28, 2013 16:03author by j debender - Rossport Solidarity Campauthor address A field in Aughooseauthor phone 085.114.1170 Report this post to the editors

Week of Action unfolds with roadblocks, trespassing, turf collecting, arrests and imprisonment

This week has seen large numbers of people continually walking down to Shell's tunneling compound, disrupting work and blocking Shell traffic, and many people from the camp have taken advantage of the sunny weather to spend the days helping locals with turf collecting- many hands make light work! Meanwhile the guards have spent their time patrolling around harassing people on the roads.

Cops blocking the gate to the camp
Cops blocking the gate to the camp

A Brief blow by blow
Thursday morning as a convoy passed the camp, 20 Gardaí tried to block the gate to the camp and threw people into ditches, pushing one person's head into the water in the ditch and generally being a bit violent. Two people were arrested. One was let out with a caution and the other was held in custody, brought to court in Castlebar Friday morning and denied bail, so he is now in Castlerea Prison awaiting a court appearance 5th July.

Later on Thursday morning a small group went to Belmullet Garda station to collect their friends and one person was dragged outside the copshop, pushed to the ground and arrested for alleged criminal damage on Sunday 23rd June. He was held overnight and brought to court in Castlebar on Friday morning. He has been granted bail and released on the condition he not enter or interfere with Shell property or traffic, and signs on once a week at Belmullet Garda Station. He will be up in court on 10th July.

Thursday afternoon a large group of 30 or so people walked down to the Shell compound in Aughoose, stopping work inside the compound and stopping any Shell traffic from entering or exiting the compound for over 3 hours. Once again IRMS (Shell private security) was policing the public road, pushing people and holding people until the guards arrived. Two people were arrested on the road. One person was released and will appear in Belmullet Court on 10th July, the other was arrested for outstanding fines and brought to Mountjoy women's prison in Dublin. She was held overnight and released Friday morning.

Thursday finished off at 6pm when the guards finally attempted to clear the road, everyone left and no one else was arrested. A long queue of 20 vehicles and lorries which had been stuck inside finally were able to leave the compound.

Friday 28th June at 7am one person climbed a tripod erected in the road between Bellanaboy refinery and the Aughoose tunneling compound, stopping all traffic going into the compound until 11.30am when the road was cleared and the person was arrested. That person is being charged with Sections 8 and 9 of the public order act and will be up in Belmullet court on 10th July.

Three people walking back to camp from the tripod on Friday were followed by guards, and an attempt was made to arrest one of them but they jumped into a field and got away. This isn't the first time that people have been harassed on the roads this week by Gardaí. Tuesday night as people were walking back from the pub the guards were stopping people who were walking in twos or alone, asking for names addresses and even emails. One person refused to give his details, saying he hadn't done anything out of the ordinary and was only walking home, and he was arrested and brought to Belmullet garda station. He was released in the early hours of the morning with no charges.

Other things that have happened this week: Windows of a Shell house were broken, graffiti appeared on the main gates of the tunneling compound, and a Shell truck ran into problems with spuds up the exhaust and someone doing in its tyres. Who knows what else the pixies have gotten up to....

Related Link: http://www.shelltosea.com

Cops assaulting people on the road
Cops assaulting people on the road

Pushing people into ditches then arresting them
Pushing people into ditches then arresting them

This is the pipe being laid between the refinery and the tunneling compound
This is the pipe being laid between the refinery and the tunneling compound

author by Eamonn O'Coillea'in - Republic of Irelandpublication date Fri Jun 28, 2013 17:21Report this post to the editors

When will all these brutal assaults by the Garda on peaceful protesters get investigated by some TDS in the Dail, It saddens me to sea such extreme violence being handed out to people who object to $hells nightmare pipeline and its toxic refinery, last time I was standing on the side of the road I was again brutal assaulted even though I was leaning on my crutches; the Garda just punched and kicked me trying to grab my crutches away from me when that didn't work the more punches to the head before I was pulled away. So they the Garda seem to have no mercy on any one involved in the protest. One of these days the Garda will assault the wrong person and all Hell will finally break the peacefulness that is always there and expected. Why are the Garda protecting $hell, when they stole our Natural Resources worth 100s and 100s of Billions that rightfully belong to to the Irish State, not Barcleys Bank in England, When will The Irish Government rectify the corruption that was in place when $ell$ deal was done behind closed doors: Please sort this out before it's to late, I'm going over to the camp to give my support, Come down and sea for yourself xxxxxx

 
© 2001-2018 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