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Shell To Sea Campaign Goes on the Offensive
mayo | anti-capitalism | feature Monday February 20, 2006 16:13 by William
Blockades and protests from Ennis to Dublin, from Cork to Nottingham
After a relatively quiet Winter, spent on speaking tours and accumulating resources to re-open the Rossport Solidarity Camp in the Spring, the Shell To Sea Campaign swang dramatically back into action with blockades and protests and a promise that this was only a taster of the direct action to come in Mayo if Shell and their cronies in Dail Eireann continue to trample on local people and force through their on-shore refinement plant.
Background From Indymedia Ireland Archives
Shell HQ Blockaded in Dublin
70 people blocked both entrances – on Leeson St and Adelaide Road – for about an hour using a D-Lock and about 20 bicycles. The action, which was advertised as a rally outside the Department of the Marine and Natural Resources on the other side of Adelaide Road, was organised to draw attention to the opening of the Rossport Solidarity Camp next week.
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Here (below) is a link to the Rossport Solidarity Camp website
Support from a range of political groups
Saving money – the bottom line for Shell
Has anyone being following developements in Nigeria? - crazy stuff
Shell office is looking better than ever now!
My goodwill and support. What a good show!
Good to see people standing up for what they believe, not on their knees hoping not to be rolled over.
Great stuff,good preemptive action as the construction season appraoches.
Particular plaudits to Anarchist Youth,if this is a sign of things to come form the group,its very positive.
the flags look great flying at that angle over the hell placard. congrats!
So, clearly the leader of the Green Party is happy to be associated with scrawling ugly graffitti on a public building. Clearly this man has no respect for the environment. Ugly graffitti is a form of litter. I'm sure he'd be enraged if some FF TD scrawled 'Victory to FF' on the wall of the Green Party HQ.
I'm afraid anarchist youth thought about the indymedia trolls this time and decided to use chalk. You want to talk about the environment, let's talk about rossport and not the concrete and steel of corrib house.
Then, since you're worried about trolls, please use chalk for all your graffitti from now on, instead of the paint with which you've defaced many of Dublin's public buildings in the past. Delighted to talk about the environment. But, preferably with an adult rather than adolescents who've discovered that 'anarchism' is the latest fad thing. Try me in a few years when you've grown up and probably working as a highly-paid executive in some multi-national. And, if you think that's unlikely, go check out what all the 'anarchist youth' of the 1980s are doing now
RTE six -one news had really good coverage of the blockade. They even mentioned the camp opening. It all looked really impressive. Well done to all in Dublin Shell to Sea (dublin shell to hell?).
To all involved in the organisation of, and participation in, today's events - thanks.
I believe that, together, we will see to it that the new century and new millenium will reclaim reason in the face of last century's profit-fuelled madness.
I would like to put on record my respect for the great people who camped in solidarity with Rossport last Summer. It will be great to see you all back again soon - with more friends.
Ar scáth a chéile a mhaireanns muid.
© Paula Geraghty
Back in the 1940s, when Noam Chomsky first began to develop his political views, I imagine some people dismissed his thinking with condescending comments like this:
" ... discovered that 'anarchism' is the latest fad thing. Try me in a few years when you've grown up ... "
I don't know where the anarchist youth of the 1980s have gone, there were not many in my home town of Cork, but I know that one anarchist youth of the 1940s went on to spend 50 years lecturing in linguistics at MIT, participating in demonstrations against the Vietnam war and subsequent American invasions, bringing up a family in a loving relationship with his wife, and writing a series of books documenting the discrepancies between what America says and what it does.
Try us in a few years' time, John? :)
'In a few years time' .... 'John' no doubt hopes to be quaffing a fine drink on the porch of his holiday home whilst checking his stocks in the pages of the FT . All paid for by the likes of Shell .
Not all of us see that as a priority for ourselves , 'John' .
Full marks to those protestors - well done !
Well Dunaree, I was an anarchist youth in the '80s and I suppose I'm still an anarchist now and yes, I hold down a job, I've kids, a mortgage etc. I heard comments like yours 20 years ago and I suppose I had enough self-awareness then to realise I was intelligent enough, educated enough to 'do well', whatever that's supposed to mean. But I'm still an anarchist and I'll tell you why.
You see Dunaree, as long as inequality and injustice and the tyranny of those who benefit from inequality exist, there will be those who will oppose it. It's simple, it's the way we humans are. And nowadays, more people are beginning to realise that non-hierarchical structures of organisation are more effective in opposing inequality, because they encourage meaningful personal participation. Some folk just don't like other folk taking responsibility for themselves and their actions, it doesn't suit their cosy status quo.
And you know what Dunaree, as you may have guessed from my moniker, I take a longer look at history than most. I've seen forms of libertarian struggle come and go but there's more of us out there now than ever before and we're not going to go away.
And regarding Rossport, why do you think Shell have had such an easy deal from the government? Do you not think the country could benefit from the sustainable exploitation of our national resources? What about a decent health service? For even you will get old Dunaree and even with all the taxes and PRSI I'm assuming you've paid over the years, it won't guarantee you the last few years of your dotage free of poverty. Do you not feel that as another person dies on the streets, during a time when the economy is booming, that it reflects directly on you and me as we type away the hours in our warm homes? Because I've read some of your posts over the years and you seem the patriotic type.
But then maybe you think the poor will always be with us and maybe that suits you... You probably don't even give a shit that Ray Burke's getting a pension that you're contributing to.
Anyway Dunaree, why don't you try me in a few years when you've grown older; I'll still be an anarchist and you'll just be even more bitter. Though sadly I'd imagine, unrepentant.
Anyway, enough time wasted on you and your negative stupidity. Thanks to everyone who turned up at Corrib House today, be they anarchists, Shinners, Greens, Swippers, Sps, Lps, civilians, whatever.
See you all in Rossport. Shell to Sea!
Pack Yer Bags Andy
Banners And Flags
Terry Sneaks Up On Trev
Trevor Joins The Line Up
The Blockade Is On
Chalk Markings On Wall
Chalk Markings On Ground; That's Some Welcome Mat
More Chalk - It's A Versatile Medium
Guard Suffers Heart Attack
Not Dante's Inferno - This One's The Real Deal For Rossport
... sorry, Scrum.
Sometimes They Congregate In Small Groups
Others Are Loners By Nature
Show Us Yer Profile Trevor
Great day. Great fun.
Flags, chalk and red paint were lovely.
btw: There was good footage of the blockade on the 7pm TG4 news yesterday.
great pictures, especially the one of the banana skin on the door. shell will slip up!
This story is now a global Indymedia Feature. See the link below
Mayo War goes Global!
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I have also started a thread on this on www.politics.ie
A big well done to the 70 people involved in this protest. Terrific stuff. This campaign has real momentum. Let us all get behind it and really drive Shell (and the Irish Government that are supporting them) to Sea! And lets see if Ireland can regain our most valuable natural resources which the government so horrendrously gave away to the multi-nationals.
Screen Shot for the history books