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Photo's : Reclaiming Shell's Bellanaboy Refinery

category galway | rights, freedoms and repression | news report author Friday February 16, 2007 17:15author by TD - Shell to Sea Report this post to the editors

"Breaking" and entry with pristine intent

Despite some radio reports and perhaps other media ...
Crossing the Rubicon
Crossing the Rubicon

there was no damage to property, criminal or otherwise during our occupation of the site - at the peril of losing serious street cred, we were as impeccable as Girl Guides and Boy Scouts.

On Shell's Via Dolorosa, whatever !
On Shell's Via Dolorosa, whatever !

Site workers : bemused, shaken but not stirred to join us despite earnest exhortations
Site workers : bemused, shaken but not stirred to join us despite earnest exhortations

Storm clouds gathering !
Storm clouds gathering !

Leaving with dignity and panache
Leaving with dignity and panache

author by TD - S2Spublication date Fri Feb 16, 2007 18:24author address author phone Report this post to the editors

... and a tonic for the troops.

On our way out of the refinery - message delivered loud and clear
On our way out of the refinery - message delivered loud and clear

Decanting out the front gates
Decanting out the front gates

Venceremos !
Venceremos !

 What we saw inside
What we saw inside

A tonic for the troops before the reclaimation work
A tonic for the troops before the reclaimation work

author by TD - S2Spublication date Fri Feb 16, 2007 18:50author address author phone Report this post to the editors

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author by TD - S2Spublication date Fri Feb 16, 2007 19:08author address author phone Report this post to the editors

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author by Davittpublication date Fri Feb 16, 2007 19:26author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Great work today. Couldn't make it myself unfortunately. Great to see non-violent direct action back on track in Rossport after the stupidity of cancelling the Nov mobilisation. Particularly important coming on the back of the decision by the very same person who blackmailed the campaign into cancelling the protest to run for elected office.

If this campaign is to be won we need to continually step it up until it reaches a point that the government can't ignore.

The only question I have is when is the next Day of Support?

author by cheifpublication date Fri Feb 16, 2007 19:47author address author phone Report this post to the editors

I agree with davitt when he says (Particularly important coming on the back of the decision by the very same person who blackmailed the campaign into cancelling the protest to run for elected office.)
our leader seems to have lost his nerve (anyone see him this morning?)
We need someone who is local and brave, and will not give in to pressure from the state/pigs.
he has lost my support

author by J.Caraxpublication date Fri Feb 16, 2007 20:40author address author phone Report this post to the editors

6 minute video from today.

Related Link: http://www.indymedia.org.uk/en/2007/02/362481.html
author by Errispublication date Fri Feb 16, 2007 20:56author address author phone Report this post to the editors

If you are talking about Mark Garvan, I believe you are mistaken. Mark Garvan has done fantastic work for this campaign.

author by chrissiepublication date Fri Feb 16, 2007 21:04author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Well done all! I would love to be there - hoping to get to Erris soon if I'm spared !
I think it was Jerry Cowley (who may have to keep his 'respectable' face on; that's how it goes in politics alas) that was being criticised in the foregoing comments & not Mark Garavan.
Keep on keeping on there!

author by Dafpublication date Sat Feb 17, 2007 07:34author address author phone Report this post to the editors

It could be Cowley or Garavan. They're cut from the same cloth. Also neither are actually local but both are constantly critical of 'outsiders'. It is mostly from their comments that the media decided there was a conflict between locals and nonlocals. Garavan's comments yesterday weren't exactly helpful either.

author by Jimpublication date Sat Feb 17, 2007 15:31author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Garda SL 286 masks up his face - is he ashamed to be there or does he have something to hide?

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Sound system
Sound system

Cllr. Declan Bree - Labour Party
Cllr. Declan Bree - Labour Party

Shell - 100 years of pollution corruption and murder
Shell - 100 years of pollution corruption and murder

Large turnout
Large turnout

author by Jokerpublication date Sat Feb 17, 2007 17:24author address author phone Report this post to the editors

I spent the day snapping away yesterday, and I only realised when we were out the front gate that I hadn't loaded the damn film properly.
I'm gutted.
At thankfully there are loads of great pics up here, can't wait for some videos to start apearing!

author by Ray - Cork Shell to Seapublication date Mon Feb 19, 2007 00:39author email corkshelltosea at gmail dot comauthor address author phone Report this post to the editors

Here's some pictures I took during the day.

Assembling for the march
Assembling for the march

Support from Clare
Support from Clare

Welcome To Pigtopia!
Welcome To Pigtopia!

Save Us!
Save Us!

End the Occupation.
End the Occupation.

author by Ray - Cork Shell to Seapublication date Mon Feb 19, 2007 00:49author email corkshelltosea at gmail dot comauthor address author phone Report this post to the editors

Here's some more shots of the day's fun.

The Chief in characteristic pose
The Chief in characteristic pose

Cork Community Circus bring on the clowns..
Cork Community Circus bring on the clowns..

..as Tirnagcasta bring the noise!
..as Tirnagcasta bring the noise!

Mmmmm.... tempting!
Mmmmm.... tempting!

The end of the march observed from a distance
The end of the march observed from a distance

author by Ray - Cork Shell to Seapublication date Mon Feb 19, 2007 01:00author email corkshelltosea at gmail dot comauthor address author phone Report this post to the editors

Here's another batch of 'em.

Treason - Bertie Pumps For Shell (or does he Suck?)
Treason - Bertie Pumps For Shell (or does he Suck?)

Cork-made S2S banner at protest. Isn't it lovely?
Cork-made S2S banner at protest. Isn't it lovely?

Some of the enemy's minions having a look at us. Maybe they'll be fined by Shell for this?
Some of the enemy's minions having a look at us. Maybe they'll be fined by Shell for this?

Shell's uniformed minions at work. Note the slavish concentration.
Shell's uniformed minions at work. Note the slavish concentration.

Vincent McGrath speaking.
Vincent McGrath speaking.

author by Ray - Cork Shell to Seapublication date Mon Feb 19, 2007 01:11author email corkshelltosea at gmail dot comauthor address author phone Report this post to the editors

Some more photos of the day.

It's an ugly, ugly fence but we can beat rhythms of defiance on it!
It's an ugly, ugly fence but we can beat rhythms of defiance on it!

Rhythms of Resistance - RSC collective.
Rhythms of Resistance - RSC collective.

Trespass is such a lovely word.
Trespass is such a lovely word.

John Monaghan pointing out some features once we're all in.
John Monaghan pointing out some features once we're all in.

Staying together, the intrepid group head into Shell's lair.
Staying together, the intrepid group head into Shell's lair.

author by Ray - Cork Shell to Seapublication date Mon Feb 19, 2007 01:24author email corkshelltosea at gmail dot comauthor address author phone Report this post to the editors

Pictures from inside the most unwanted construction site in Mayo or anywhere else in Ireland for that matter.

Is this how pipeline sections should be stored? Note the rust and mould on these.
Is this how pipeline sections should be stored? Note the rust and mould on these.

Here's a pipe section uncapped at both ends. That's how we found it. Makes you worry about Shell's attention to safety matters.
Here's a pipe section uncapped at both ends. That's how we found it. Makes you worry about Shell's attention to safety matters.

First encounter with workers. They continued to work on site for 15 minutes after they first spotted us.
First encounter with workers. They continued to work on site for 15 minutes after they first spotted us.

Heading as a group to the centre of the current site works.
Heading as a group to the centre of the current site works.

John pointing out site features, including the Axonics water treatment which has never worked either properly or well.
John pointing out site features, including the Axonics water treatment which has never worked either properly or well.

author by Ray - Cork Shell to Seapublication date Mon Feb 19, 2007 01:37author email corkshelltosea at gmail dot comauthor address author phone Report this post to the editors

..and we saw with our own eyes the rape of the land and the beginnings of a great despoilation. May it be stopped before more harm gets done.

This mask unmasks the real face of Shell.
This mask unmasks the real face of Shell.

Far from being intimidated, the workers on site are curious, and taking photos themselves.
Far from being intimidated, the workers on site are curious, and taking photos themselves.

Then the Guards arrive.
Then the Guards arrive.

More Guards make themselves visible. Not ones for a low profile, the Guards.
More Guards make themselves visible. Not ones for a low profile, the Guards.

We start to leave the site, together and with the cops well back.
We start to leave the site, together and with the cops well back.

author by Ray - Cork Shell to Seapublication date Mon Feb 19, 2007 01:52author email corkshelltosea at gmail dot comauthor address author phone Report this post to the editors

..and such days and acts will keep us going for the long, long haul.

The cops follow us out at a respectful distance. The baton party has been postponed for another day, perhaps.
The cops follow us out at a respectful distance. The baton party has been postponed for another day, perhaps.

Maura, a veteran direct actor herself, looks pleased.
Maura, a veteran direct actor herself, looks pleased.

Having shut down the site for over an hour, a feeling of triumph entered us as we left, linked-armed and defiant.
Having shut down the site for over an hour, a feeling of triumph entered us as we left, linked-armed and defiant.

Outside, our S2S friends and comrades await our return in a din of excitement.
Outside, our S2S friends and comrades await our return in a din of excitement.

And, just outside the gates, a raucous triumphant reunion!
And, just outside the gates, a raucous triumphant reunion!

author by Ray - Cork Shell to Seapublication date Mon Feb 19, 2007 02:16author email corkshelltosea at gmail dot comauthor address author phone Report this post to the editors

..we remain aware that this struggle has years ahead of it. This has been only the latest in a continuing series of direct actions here carried out by local and national campaigners. To achieve meaningful change, we must risk much, even perhaps our bodies and lives. To think that change can come from petitioning those complicit in the misery and oppression you feel has been one of the chief tools the few use to make slaves of the many, and a delusion best dispelled for the sake of the hope that future generations (and ourselves too!) will live in a better world. Shell to Sea! In a lead-lined coffin!

Having waited stunned and trumped for several minutes, the cops then roughly push us off the road. I suppose it keeps the so-and-sos happy.
Having waited stunned and trumped for several minutes, the cops then roughly push us off the road. I suppose it keeps the so-and-sos happy.

The only victim of violence on the day, with his broken wrist in a sling.
The only victim of violence on the day, with his broken wrist in a sling.

Scataí Muice, mar a deireann na pobail áitiúla.
Scataí Muice, mar a deireann na pobail áitiúla.

Soup and sandwiches, tea and coffee afterwards at Healy's in Glenamoy.
Soup and sandwiches, tea and coffee afterwards at Healy's in Glenamoy.

We many. We happy many. Some will think themselves accursed not to have been here. Yeah, right!
We many. We happy many. Some will think themselves accursed not to have been here. Yeah, right!

author by krossie - wsm (personal capacitypublication date Mon Feb 19, 2007 16:31author address author phone Report this post to the editors

On the way home we encountered Eamon O Cuiv getting in some very, very early electioneering on an audiance of primary kids in a small school very close to the camp.

Taking our rent a mob duties seriously we decamped and got the protest going again. Have protest will travel!

(By the way in answer to a comment some where there are 2 coach companies up in Eris: Mc graths and Corduffs up there and they work for both Shell and ourselves or any one that gives them money (as far as I know???)

- That said the Mc Graths bus driver was most sound on the Dublin bus - beir bua!)

krossie

robo sony steady-came cop was also on hand!
robo sony steady-came cop was also on hand!

Related Link: http://www.shelltosea.com
author by reg varneypublication date Mon Feb 19, 2007 17:22author address author phone Report this post to the editors

i could be wrong but i don't think mcgrath's work for shell.

author by krossie - wsm (personal capacitypublication date Tue Feb 20, 2007 15:36author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Actually now that I think of it we've always got Mc Graths plus the cops always seem to be in Corduff coaches - so you caould be right

kp

author by Maura Harrington - S2S; Davitt Leaguepublication date Tue Feb 20, 2007 15:51author address author phone Report this post to the editors

For the record, wish to advise that, as per title of post, McGrath's Transport DO NOT work for Shell.

The only reason Corduffs have got any work from Shell is because they happen to have the same surname as Willie - it was a calculated and deliberate move by Shell to create the confusion evident in some posts.

For the information of readers two Corduff buses go on site each morning, usually with a handful of people on board each one; then one of those buses comes out to do a school run; typical of Shell skullduggery - if blocked going in, 'workers' denied the right to work on a site which is part of a project without full permissions; if blocked coming out, children denied the right of transport to school.

Such a clever strategy think the Shell s****!

author by ciomara j rodriguespublication date Wed Apr 11, 2007 17:26author email ciomararodrigues at yahoo dot com dot brauthor address rua 31 de março nº290 ap 455author phone 55 19 9113 7863Report this post to the editors

I don't speak english.

vitims SHELL QUÍMICA LTDA. BRASIL.

I NEED A HELP!

SHELL IS KILLING MY LIFE!

SHE DESTROY EVERITING I HAD!
SHE KILLS MY WATER!

I DONT SPEAK ENGLISH, BUT I NEED A HELP

MY "ADVOGADO" SPEAK AND UNDERSTAND ENGLISH

HIS E-MAIL:- brunobrocchi@terra.com.br -bruno@brunobrocchi.com.br

CIOMARA

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