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PHOTO ESSAY: Rossport Solidarity Weekend

category mayo | anti-capitalism | news report author Wednesday June 07, 2006 17:33author by William Hederman Report this post to the editors

Photographs of the solidarity weekend at the Rossport Solidarity Camp, at Glengad Beach in the Erris region of Mayo, Friday 2 June to Monday 5 June 2006.

Clean energy: the camp generates electricity using a wind turbine and solar panels
Clean energy: the camp generates electricity using a wind turbine and solar panels

Where indicated, there is a bigger version accessible by clicking the image.

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

Pitching tents under Dooncarton Mountain: well over 100 people camped for the weekend
Pitching tents under Dooncarton Mountain: well over 100 people camped for the weekend

Catering marquee at midnight (30-second exposure) - Click for large version
Catering marquee at midnight (30-second exposure) - Click for large version

Friday night film courtesy of Revolt Video
Friday night film courtesy of Revolt Video

Front row seating
Front row seating

author by William Hedermanpublication date Wed Jun 07, 2006 17:45Report this post to the editors

Rossport is in the background in the photo of Jose. The camp is in fact quite far from Rossport by road; it is located in the sand-dunes next to Glengad Beach where Shell and co want to bring the pipe ashore. It would then cross the estuary to Rossport (the estuary is barely visible in the photo of Jose).

Saturday at dawn: dew drops on a tent
Saturday at dawn: dew drops on a tent

The sun was hot
The sun was hot

A collaborative art project on the beach next to the camp
A collaborative art project on the beach next to the camp

A shell from the sea
A shell from the sea

Jose Sagarnaga of the London-based Bolivia Solidarity Campaign
Jose Sagarnaga of the London-based Bolivia Solidarity Campaign

author by William Hedermanpublication date Wed Jun 07, 2006 17:57Report this post to the editors

Jose Sagarnaga travelled from London to Rossport for the weekend. He showed a documentary about privatisation of water, gas and other natural resources in his native Bolivia. Recently-elected president Evo Morales has promised to renationalise the gas, but according to Jose, it's much more complicated than that: it's not quite as good as it sounds (no time to go into it all right now).

Jose speaks after the movie about Bolivia
Jose speaks after the movie about Bolivia

Looking northwest to Broadhaven Bay
Looking northwest to Broadhaven Bay

The camp now has two marquees, a wooden building, three benders and a geodome... and tents
The camp now has two marquees, a wooden building, three benders and a geodome... and tents

Saturday night session in the nearest pub, McGraths
Saturday night session in the nearest pub, McGraths

Camp meeting on Sunday
Camp meeting on Sunday

author by William Hedermanpublication date Wed Jun 07, 2006 18:08Report this post to the editors

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Micheál and Caitlín Ó Seighin: Micheál gave a talk about local history (and flora, fauna, folklore, multinationals, law, politics, history...)
Micheál and Caitlín Ó Seighin: Micheál gave a talk about local history (and flora, fauna, folklore, multinationals, law, politics, history...)

The Bitchin' Kitchen provided excellent food all weekend
The Bitchin' Kitchen provided excellent food all weekend

Disposing of waste water into the "grey water" system
Disposing of waste water into the "grey water" system

Penalty shoot-out following soccer on the beach
Penalty shoot-out following soccer on the beach

Beetle Love: the area is popular with flying beetles, but they are small and harmless
Beetle Love: the area is popular with flying beetles, but they are small and harmless

author by William Hedermanpublication date Wed Jun 07, 2006 18:16Report this post to the editors

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A tidal pool on the beach
A tidal pool on the beach

DJs in a specially-erected marquee on the beach for the Sunday night party
DJs in a specially-erected marquee on the beach for the Sunday night party

Dawn on Monday: about half-way through the party
Dawn on Monday: about half-way through the party

author by dunkpublication date Wed Jun 07, 2006 21:00author email fuspey at yahoo dot co dot ukReport this post to the editors

Great work done: to the community who stood up, to those that stood up alongside them. Is it the camp the best example of a "sustainable community" existing presently in Ireland? and with offers to set up a community garden from the hostel up the road.......
Fair play to all the thought and work that has gone into making the solidarity camp one of the most amazing places ive been, im convinced we'll win, and why shouldn't this be the spark that wakes up the world. 5000 years ago people knew what mattered and lived accordingly on this little island, i have hope that it will still be like that in another 5000.

So, maybe now we will start to see some stepping up of things around the country, perhaps "operation splish splash splosh" might take on a new lease of life - if so watch out shell, you can go to HELL.

Rossport Abu

links so far to other articles up from the weekend:

Rossport solidarity camp gathering - event notice
http://www.indymedia.ie/article/75293

Rossport Solidarity Camp Weekend - Images and audio from weekend
http://www.indymedia.ie/article/76466

Rossport Solidarity camp - audio from last weekends gathering : SHELL TO HELL - indymedia radio network
http://radio.indymedia.org/news/2006/06/10112.php

shell to sea website
http://www.shelltosea.com

revolt video got a load of excellent footage and there are still 2 members of the collective up in rossport, so expect more...
http://www.revoltvideo.blogspot.com/

the image is of the "Rossport 5 aquarium" which came into being last July in Scotland, when the clown army decided to have their fairwell action one that highlighted what Shell were upto in Rossport, it and more from that fine day can be found at :
Operation Splish Splash Splosh - http://www.indymedia.org.uk/en/2005/07/317578.html )

The Rossport 5 Aquarium, Glasgow, July 2005
The Rossport 5 Aquarium, Glasgow, July 2005

author by krossie - wsm (personal capacity)publication date Wed Jun 07, 2006 23:22Report this post to the editors

Great weekend - amazing pics william

i dunno about the beetles being so harmless - irritating little feckers

Krossie

author by sovietpoppublication date Wed Jun 07, 2006 23:49Report this post to the editors

Lovelly pictures William.

Some more can be found here http://smg.photobucket.com/albums/v241/sovietpop/Rosspo...2006/

Twenty One Arse Salute
Twenty One Arse Salute

author by Shane - SP/S2Spublication date Thu Jun 08, 2006 16:34Report this post to the editors

Great pictures William and the one on sovietpops link are fantastic too. Manage to sum up the weekend brilliantly. Well done to everyone on the camp for organising such a fantastic weekend, to the speakers (esp. Jose, was everybody taking notes on how to build a revolution?) and the locals for their hospitality and the efforts they made to explain the situation to us.
Just over 51 weeks to the next solidarity camp!
Start stocking up on sunblock and midge repellant!

author by Starstruck - Grassroots Dissentpublication date Thu Jun 08, 2006 17:27Report this post to the editors

An absolutely superb weekend in the beautiful surrounds of North West Mayo.

Fair play to all who attended over the weekend-to the camp residents for all their hard work,to the Bitchin Kitchen crew for keeping us all fed and watered,to the Tir na gCasta crew for bringing their sound rig down and keepin us dancin til dawn,Revolt Video for the vids,Jose and Maggie for their talks and to F for organising the bus from Dublin.

Shell will ot break our spirit and solidarity no matter what tactics they use-they may have the financial might but we have the moral and mental strength to resist their attempt at extending their already massive global tradition of theft and oppression to our shores.

Great pics William and SovietPop-one for the annals.
Onward!
Solidarity!

Solidarity will eat Shell up!
Solidarity will eat Shell up!

author by Orla Treacypublication date Fri Jun 09, 2006 15:10Report this post to the editors

Photos from the Rossport Solidarity Camp gathering

Calm before the storm, Thursday evening
Calm before the storm, Thursday evening

Picket, Friday morning
Picket, Friday morning

Picket
Picket

The crowds begin to gather
The crowds begin to gather

The artists on the beach
The artists on the beach

author by Orla Treacypublication date Fri Jun 09, 2006 15:13Report this post to the editors

Rossport Solidarity Camp

Beach drawing
Beach drawing

Beach Drawing
Beach Drawing

Toilets
Toilets

Camping Area
Camping Area

Portaloos
Portaloos

author by Orla Treacypublication date Fri Jun 09, 2006 15:18Report this post to the editors

Rossport Solidarity Camp

Bug Protectors
Bug Protectors

On the way to McGrath's Pub
On the way to McGrath's Pub

Sun going down on Saturday night
Sun going down on Saturday night

Shell Picket
Shell Picket

Tea and Cake being served
Tea and Cake being served

author by Rasta4i'spublication date Mon Jun 12, 2006 21:48Report this post to the editors


Here are some pictures of the shell building sites.

prifit.jpg

shell1.jpg

shell2.jpg

shell3.jpg

shell4.jpg

author by Rasta4i'spublication date Mon Jun 12, 2006 21:53Report this post to the editors


Here are some pictures of the shell building sites.

barn.jpg

26m_point.jpg

construct.jpg

flashpoint.jpg

hq.jpg

author by Rasta4i'spublication date Mon Jun 12, 2006 22:27Report this post to the editors


Here are some pictures of the shell building sites.

corrib.jpg

rossport5banner.jpg

wicker_n_pipe.jpg

private.jpg

shelltohell.jpg

author by Rasta4i'spublication date Mon Jun 12, 2006 22:38Report this post to the editors

Here are some pictures of the shell building sites.

redshelltosea.jpg

gathering1.jpg

site.jpg

site2.jpg

landslide_grave.jpg

author by Rasta4i'spublication date Mon Jun 12, 2006 22:45Report this post to the editors


Here are some pictures of the shell building sites.

ifyouwant.jpg

post.jpg

lastdayz.jpg

shellanmayo.jpg

sheltoseacar.jpg

author by Rasta4i'spublication date Mon Jun 12, 2006 22:59Report this post to the editors


Here are some pictures of the shell building sites.

campview.jpg

camp.jpg

bitchinkitchen.jpg

energy.jpg

wheres_wally.jpg

author by Rasta4i'spublication date Mon Jun 12, 2006 23:04Report this post to the editors


Here are some pictures of the shell building sites.

w1.jpg

w2.jpg

w3.jpg

w4.jpg

w5.jpg

author by Rasta4i'spublication date Mon Jun 12, 2006 23:10Report this post to the editors


Here are some pictures of the shell building sites.

w6.jpg

w7.jpg

w8.jpg

w9.jpg

beach.jpg

author by Rasta4i'spublication date Mon Jun 12, 2006 23:20Report this post to the editors

Late arrivals
Here are some pictures of the beach party.

beach2.jpg

beach3.jpg

beach4.jpg

author by dunkpublication date Wed Jun 14, 2006 14:08Report this post to the editors

the radio show is on now - Treasa Ni Ghearraigh is now live on air

Indymedia News Wire Indymedia
News update from the independent minded website crew.
click
http://www.resonancefm.com/audio.htm to listen

show goes out again 11am on Monday

part of the

The IMC Radio Network
http://www.indymedia.org.uk/en/static/radio.html

more info at:
building up the RADICAL radio network
http://www.indymedia.ie/article/71892?author_name=dunk&...53737

author by Chrissypublication date Thu Jun 22, 2006 16:49author email cableco at waitrose dot comauthor address Sandy Beds UKReport this post to the editors

Brilliant Camp & great weekend Gathering, very well-organised, & credit to all who've worked so hard to support the Rossport 5 & people of Erris, Mayo, Ireland, the World!
Please, people, come & work to show your support for People 1st before greedy multinationals & corporations - & tell your friends, union, church, college, club, WI, village, town, any1 who's likely to support the cause.
Looking forward to returning to Glengad!

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