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Donnybrook Shell Station blockaded

category dublin | rights, freedoms and repression | news report author Friday October 06, 2006 22:07author by Jim Report this post to the editors

A large group of Shell to Sea supporters blockaded the Donnybrook Shell garage this evening for the best part of two hours. There was a a heavy garda presence that attempted unsuccessfully to break the blockade and in the end only drew more attention to the protest. Members of Anarchist Youth, Labour Youth, UCD Students Union, republicans, Irish language speakers and a large number of non aligned activists took part in the blockade.
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Approximately 8 Gardai attempted to break the blockade and threatened arrest but activists stood their ground peacefully and refused to budge - so in the end the gardaí just stood around re-inforcing the numbers at the blockade. An RTE reporter and camera crew took footage and statements and there was great support from motorists and passers by. For the most part the forecourt was completely empty - when usually at rush hour the station could expect to be full.

Nationalise the Gas
Nationalise the Gas

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Boycott $hell
Boycott $hell

author by Jimpublication date Fri Oct 06, 2006 22:12author address author phone Report this post to the editors

from a very succesful and good spirited blockade....

This Garda unsuccesffuly tried to rob this carpet banner
This Garda unsuccesffuly tried to rob this carpet banner

Gardaí working for $hell not for you and me
Gardaí working for $hell not for you and me

Heavy handed garda tactics
Heavy handed garda tactics

Gardaí form a second line reinforcing the blockade
Gardaí form a second line reinforcing the blockade

author by Niall - Rossport Solidarity Camp.publication date Fri Oct 06, 2006 22:50author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Great work lads & lassies. Things coming together now.

Love that 'For Hire' banner.

Cops to Sea!

author by Darraghpublication date Sat Oct 07, 2006 01:14author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Sorry I couldn't stay around for the blockade, but it seems like it went well. Well done to all involved.

author by Gregor Kerr - 1st May Branch WSMpublication date Sat Oct 07, 2006 13:30author address author phone Report this post to the editors

About a dozen people - shadowed by a similar number of cops - picketted the Shell station on the Tallaght bypass last night from about 5:30 - 7:00. It was a very effective protest with only about half a dozen cars going in to the station at what would normally be a very busy time

author by Helenpublication date Sat Oct 07, 2006 13:55author address author phone Report this post to the editors

The one at Statoil on Usher Quay went very well as well. Only a handful of cars went in, and a huge number of horns honked in support!

author by Hot kpublication date Sat Oct 07, 2006 16:25author address author phone Report this post to the editors

I expect the management of both Shell and Statoil are cracked up with laughter at you goons. Seeing as neither Shell or Statoil own the petrol stations any longer, it's hardly going hurt their bonuses!

author by Gregor Kerr - 1st May Branch WSM(pers cap)publication date Sat Oct 07, 2006 16:29author address author phone Report this post to the editors

You're missing the point entirely. None of us are foolish enough to believe that even if Shell did own the petrol stations losing the revenue from them for a couple of hours would even register as a tiny blip in Shell's profits.

The purpose of the pickets is to highlight the issue, keep it alive in the minds of people and pledge solidarity with the besieged community of North Mayo.

author by Starstruckpublication date Sat Oct 07, 2006 17:38author address author phone Report this post to the editors

The station was effectively shut down for almost two hours.
Garda attempts to break the blockade were resisted-they in the end stood powerlessly by and added numbers to the 25-30 activists.
RTE showed up and did an interview as well as taking various camera shots-dunno where or if these were broadcast.
Solidarity with the people of Rossport-keep up the fight -we will stand with you!
Onward!

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author by Starstruck - Shell to Seapublication date Sat Oct 07, 2006 17:42author address author phone Report this post to the editors

...of the same-
See here for that RTE interview from Donnybrook-

http://www.rte.ie/news/2006/1006/corrib.html

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author by Starstruck - Shell to Seapublication date Sat Oct 07, 2006 17:48author address author phone Report this post to the editors

With attention from State media and police of course
No pasaran!

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author by Shell to Seapublication date Sat Oct 07, 2006 17:52author address author phone Report this post to the editors

And everyones watching!

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author by Dublinerpublication date Sat Oct 07, 2006 17:59author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Yeah good blockade last night lads!
I had great craic!
Its a pitty you only got pics from the first blockaded entrence..the second one was the most millitant.
We just walked on front on the second entrence in clear defiance of the cops and after shouting at us to move for a while and telling us that we would be arrested if we did not.THEY DID NOTHING!
great work lads!
when is the next one?

author by Terrypublication date Sat Oct 07, 2006 20:03author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Topaz who own Shell stations continue to get their petrol from Shell

author by numberspublication date Sun Oct 08, 2006 05:24author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Remember you don't have to blockade a place you only have get the police to do so for you.

author by Lefty Type - Dublin Shell to Seapublication date Sun Oct 08, 2006 18:51author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Can you picket? oh yeah

the gardaí do a good job of clearing the protestors
the gardaí do a good job of clearing the protestors

...and Statoil!
...and Statoil!

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Shell's new security guard
Shell's new security guard

author by Lefty Type - Dublin Shell to Seapublication date Sun Oct 08, 2006 18:55author address author phone Report this post to the editors

the heaviest banner in the world
the heaviest banner in the world

Car illegally parked in the bike lane
Car illegally parked in the bike lane

cyclists take over bus lane in protest
cyclists take over bus lane in protest

which do you like best; jam or ring?
which do you like best; jam or ring?

note lack of cars
note lack of cars

author by Lefty Type - Dublin Shell to Seapublication date Sun Oct 08, 2006 19:01author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Between 6 and 8p.m., maybe half a dozen cars broke the picket. The rest of the time, the forecourt was largely empty, except for a small police presence.

ah, rush hour
ah, rush hour

do petrol pumps ever get lonely?
do petrol pumps ever get lonely?

not a customer in sight
not a customer in sight

with all these police around, you'd swear some1 was building a pipeline illegally
with all these police around, you'd swear some1 was building a pipeline illegally

c ya next friday lads!
c ya next friday lads!

author by GRRRRRpublication date Sun Oct 08, 2006 21:03author address author phone Report this post to the editors

You acknowledge that Shell don't own those garages but you picket them anyway. You are vindictively hurting the small businessman (don't forget that those are franchises) for your own sordid political gain.

author by ERRRpublication date Mon Oct 09, 2006 01:20author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Shell are the sole supplier of petrol to Shell Garages, and it's their sign outside. The Franchise holder should have given some thought to the likelihood of protest actions on his or her forecourt, given Shell's record in Africa, Ireland and elsewhere.

Damaging the Shell brand is the aim of the protests, as well as raising awareness of the situation in Erris, but if you have suggestions of where people should protest feel free to put them forward.

author by Lefty Type - Dublin Shell to Seapublication date Mon Oct 09, 2006 01:59author address author phone Report this post to the editors

that are using the shell brand in order to flog their products:

stop using the shell name "for your own sordid" financial gain then.

author by frnkpublication date Mon Jun 23, 2008 23:23author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Keep comming. Lots of lovely overtime for the Gardai. Lots of stress and ulcers for the protesters. If you are lucky a few people will sprend about 10 second sympatising with you. Then they will move onto somthing more important. Anything is more important than mayo protesters even watching paint dry. You can't win........ but keep comming....................................

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