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Erris is Now A Police State, Report Phoned in from Ballinaboy

category mayo | environment | feature author Tuesday October 03, 2006 17:20author by . - Rossport Solidarity Camp Report this post to the editors

But the mood amongst protestors is resilient and solidarity protests are being organised.

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First Protester Injured By Cops

Late Monday saw a call out from Shell to Sea as rumours circulated that the state was ready to force the construction workers through the blockade at Ballinaboy. At 3.30 a.m. Tuesday morning there was a large amount of police activity with roadblocks being set up and then a woman is injured as the guards insist on forcing the entry of the security staff (who have been previously allowed onto the site without confrontation). At 6.30 a.m. the order goes out to 'Send in the Carrying Squad' and protestors are carried away from the blockade - with one man receiving a broken finger.

By 8 a.m. it was obvious that the decision had been made to re-take Ballinaboy for Shell on the same day that gas prices rise 30% and the Taoiseach is appearing in the Dail over his loans / gifts / whatever your having yourself. According to the guards they deployed 170 directly at Ballinaboy with riot police borught up from Cork on standby. But the mood amongst protestors is resilient and solidarity protests are being organised.

More Coverage:Galway protest at 6pm outside Mill street garda station, Tuesday 2nd Report and pics | Protest outside Shell HQ Lwr. Leeson st. Dublin, at 1 pm Wednesday | Cork Protest Wed. 4th October, 8:30am, Anglesea Garda Station. | Mainstream media claims Shell to Sea is infiltrated by IRA | Audio Updatefrom John Monaghan

Updates: Tuesday Full Account and Photos: | Thursday 5th: More Action in Mayo

Monday:
Large police presence in Belmullet, they blocked off one small street to hold a private meeting with Shell. One local activist and Indy media contributor had his camera taken by the police during this event.Full details to follow.
At 11 pm: the Shell to Sea trailer picket H.Q. was in place at the refinery gates. From midnight some participants in Rossport Solidarity Camp joined the picket.

Tuesday:
3.30 am to 4.00 am:
Police roadblocks were put up on both sides of the refinery site, and at gate 2 into it. The roadblocks were 1 km away from the main gates. People parked their cars at the gates and walked to the picket.
4.30 am: Carey plant hire is offloading crowd control barriers at the main gate.
4.50 am: Garda assembling barriers.
5.00 am: The Garda tow off people’s vehicles, citing a Traffic act.
5.05 am: Picket stands in front of gate, about 70 people and 170 cops, at some stage in time, or perhaps on one particular side of the 1 km cordon, the police began to prevent people from arriving at the picket.
5.15 am: Police are still moving cars, and have established a barrier cordon on both sides of the main gate.
5.20 am Security arrive - this is a normal shift change and security and a couple of other maintenance workers are normally allowed through the picket and onto the site. Nonetheless Garda insist on forcing security in, despite the fact the picket wasn’t stopping them and never stops them, they aggressively push people out of the way and after a choking one woman is hospitalised. (ambulance arrives at 6.20 a.m.)
6.35 am: Cop with megaphone asks that old people, children and females move to the back of the picket as there may be confrontation. The people sit down and recite the rosary in Gaelic.
6.35 am - 7.05 am: Order ’send in the carrying squad’ is given. Four cops per person pick people up or drag them, into cordoned off pens on either side of the main gate. One man has his finger broken during this. The police tow away more cars. So at this stage, and this has continued up to now, people are being held, not under arrest, in police pens behind barriers on either side of the main gate.
7.45 am: John Egan, Shell pr and former BBC journalist in Nigeria, is standing beside the Nigerian memorial opposite the main gate observing the scene. Mini-buses and cars containing scab labour are driven into the site through the main gate.
8. 00 am: Large trucks arrive, flatbeds with diggers and also tippers carrying gravel.
8.30 am: Some police withdrawals.
8.45 am: 3 flatbeds leave the site after making delivery.
Full report and photos to follow, stay tuned to Indymedia.ie...

Related Link: http://www.struggle.ws/rsc

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 #   Title   Author   Date 
   Scab labour     Disgusted    Tue Oct 03, 2006 10:52 
   Press info etc     S2S    Tue Oct 03, 2006 11:01 
   Basic English 101     Terry    Tue Oct 03, 2006 11:07 
   Further English Lesson     Terry    Tue Oct 03, 2006 11:08 
   Rights.     Elizabeth    Tue Oct 03, 2006 11:11 
   Hang in there....I know easy to say but....     Brian    Tue Oct 03, 2006 11:21 
   Latest news 10.20am     S2S    Tue Oct 03, 2006 11:24 
   Galway Solidarity events     Shane    Tue Oct 03, 2006 11:43 
   Keep it up     Clare    Tue Oct 03, 2006 12:15 
 10   Disgraceful.     Wandering Shaughlin    Tue Oct 03, 2006 12:27 
 11   DUBLIN solidarity     Starstruck    Tue Oct 03, 2006 12:37 
 12   My penny’s worth - first battle of many     Black Guard Detachment    Tue Oct 03, 2006 13:08 
 13   agreed     krossie    Tue Oct 03, 2006 13:31 
 14   Media campaign     Claire G    Tue Oct 03, 2006 13:45 
 15   this is despicable behaviour     hedgehog    Tue Oct 03, 2006 14:16 
 16   Hold Strong     Arise    Tue Oct 03, 2006 14:50 
 17   keep going!     chrissie    Tue Oct 03, 2006 15:10 
 18   Philip's thumb     Stevo    Tue Oct 03, 2006 15:20 
 19   four week tour of duty     elizabeth    Tue Oct 03, 2006 15:28 
 20   News     Updater    Tue Oct 03, 2006 15:42 
 21   solidarity picket in cork     cork shell to sea    Tue Oct 03, 2006 15:56 
 22   n/a     galway    Tue Oct 03, 2006 16:20 
 23   audio update, 3.20pm     Reporter    Tue Oct 03, 2006 17:02 
 24   “Careful now. down with that sort of thing”     Noise Hacker    Tue Oct 03, 2006 17:48 
 25   the shell trolls who appear at mopments like this are called 'flying pig-humans'     eeekkkkk    Tue Oct 03, 2006 18:46 
 26   Clarification re Carey Plant Hire     John    Tue Oct 03, 2006 19:41 
 27   Carey     Terry    Tue Oct 03, 2006 20:15 
 28   those who hate are obviously un-informed     Revo    Tue Oct 03, 2006 20:48 
 29   Ignore the Shell trolls     cool j    Tue Oct 03, 2006 21:58 
 30   Community Under Attack     Ernst Udet 7th    Tue Oct 03, 2006 22:32 
 31   Some people...     OsamaBinCohen    Tue Oct 03, 2006 22:46 
 32   Time to hand back the Irish "Vichy" republic??     cool j    Tue Oct 03, 2006 22:47 
 33   Local     Dermot Sweeney    Wed Oct 04, 2006 03:22 
 34   After 2 years - Still no pollution licence for Shell in Erris!!     cool j    Wed Oct 04, 2006 12:22 
 35   Further disturbing developments this mornings     cool j    Wed Oct 04, 2006 12:29 
 36   Wonderful day.     John    Wed Oct 04, 2006 12:30 
 37   Rather be a dog than a rat John     cool j    Wed Oct 04, 2006 12:35 
 38   Message from Terence Conway     cool j    Wed Oct 04, 2006 13:23 
 39   Cool.     John    Wed Oct 04, 2006 13:50 
 40   Its the Shell lingo John     cool j    Wed Oct 04, 2006 14:21 
 41   Not So Cool J     Joe    Wed Oct 04, 2006 15:05 
 42   I should be at boiling point!     cool j    Wed Oct 04, 2006 15:25 
 43   To John & Joe & People wanting to go to work at Erris     Northern Light    Wed Oct 04, 2006 15:50 
 44   Alternatives?     Mak    Wed Oct 04, 2006 16:05 
 45   Let me guess     Very Intelligent Person    Wed Oct 04, 2006 16:08 
 46   Why not?     Mak    Wed Oct 04, 2006 16:17 
 47   "Why is the terminal not being built at sea and What reasons are Shell giving for this?"     Response    Wed Oct 04, 2006 16:30 
 48   Corrib.     John    Wed Oct 04, 2006 16:43 
 49   Corrib - John     Carol    Wed Oct 04, 2006 17:02 
 50   Usual nonsence!!     cool j    Wed Oct 04, 2006 17:26 
 51   A limerick for Superintendent Gannon     Scribe    Wed Oct 04, 2006 17:35 
 52   John - Do some research!     Maigh Eo    Wed Oct 04, 2006 17:36 
 53   Death of Democracy     Paddy Mulcahy    Wed Oct 04, 2006 18:31 
 54   Simple answers for complex questions - You must be a capitalist!!!     Mark    Thu Oct 05, 2006 01:23 
 55   Just a query     Claire G    Thu Oct 05, 2006 02:31 
 56   Hi Claire!     cool j    Thu Oct 05, 2006 12:11 
 57   Andy Pyle in Galway     Shane    Thu Oct 05, 2006 13:48 
 58   Security     John    Thu Oct 05, 2006 14:43 
 59   Safer for who John?     cool j    Thu Oct 05, 2006 15:00 
 60   Support Shell.     Anthony Blair    Thu Oct 05, 2006 15:24 
 61   Dear Mr. Anthony Blair     Shane    Thu Oct 05, 2006 15:38 
 62   The Facts again!     cool j    Thu Oct 05, 2006 15:55 
 63   Security of supply???     Andy    Thu Oct 05, 2006 16:15 
 64   Dublin     krossie    Thu Oct 05, 2006 17:05 
 65   Security of Supply     Northern Light    Thu Oct 05, 2006 17:18 
 66   Security of supply argument     R. Isible    Thu Oct 05, 2006 18:02 
 67   Ormen Lange     John    Thu Oct 05, 2006 19:45 
 68   End     John    Thu Oct 05, 2006 22:27 
 69   'Security of Supply' and related topic     Wednesday    Thu Oct 05, 2006 22:42 
 70   Progress??     Wednesday    Thu Oct 05, 2006 23:10 
 71   Primetime     Jonny    Thu Oct 05, 2006 23:37 
 72   Oh, the fantasists are well-paid you may be sure     Andy    Fri Oct 06, 2006 00:13 
 73   John doesn't know his Ormen Lange from...     Bookworm    Fri Oct 06, 2006 19:52 
 74   Trolls...     Northern Light    Fri Oct 06, 2006 21:17 
 75   On land     John    Sat Oct 07, 2006 16:38 
 76   ...campaign to have the refinery built at sea really a campaign to stop the field being devoloped     Northern Light    Sat Oct 07, 2006 19:51 
 77   "John" of Shell and the rehashing of old tropes     Andy    Sat Oct 07, 2006 20:37 
 78   Stop digging John!!     cool j    Sun Oct 08, 2006 04:13 
 79   Detailed article on Orman differences.     supp    Sun Oct 08, 2006 08:48 
 80   Interesting Supp     cool j    Sun Oct 08, 2006 10:30 
 81   Norwegian refinery.     John    Sun Oct 08, 2006 17:33 
 82   Dear "John"     Andy    Sun Oct 08, 2006 21:02 
 83   SUPPORTER     supporter    Sun Oct 08, 2006 21:32 
 84   Have you ever been outside of Dublin!!     cool j    Mon Oct 09, 2006 02:00 
 85   Gardai using considerable force this morning!!     cool j    Mon Oct 09, 2006 09:50 
 86   Banana Republic     Sean Seoighe    Mon Oct 09, 2006 14:49 
 87   I heard the dog comment     PM    Mon Oct 09, 2006 16:30 
 88   Mon Oct 9th. Gardai rough up elderly protestors     Helper    Mon Oct 09, 2006 16:37 
 89   sHell PR tentacles everywhere!!!     Claire G    Mon Oct 09, 2006 17:13 
 90   ...     Claire G    Mon Oct 09, 2006 17:15 
 91   Well done to Cool J     John    Mon Oct 09, 2006 18:14 
 92   Dog comment!!     cool j    Mon Oct 09, 2006 18:30 
 93   My brain seems to be in better shape too John     cool j    Mon Oct 09, 2006 18:34 
 94   Sorry but you are mistaken     PM    Mon Oct 09, 2006 18:36 
 95   Have you listened to the actual transcript!!     cool j    Mon Oct 09, 2006 18:48 
 96   Gardai punching women in the chest     Helper    Mon Oct 09, 2006 20:48 
 97   Soory cool j     PM    Tue Oct 10, 2006 13:31 
 98   Clarify away     Andy    Tue Oct 10, 2006 13:40 
 99   ok     Tall Story    Tue Oct 10, 2006 16:14 
 100   Thanks     PM    Wed Oct 11, 2006 12:39 


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