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category dublin | environment | feature author Friday April 27, 2007 12:40author by Joe - WSM - Lucy Parsons - personal capacity Report this post to the editors

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This morning at 7.30 Dublin Shell to Sea members brought a taste of Mayo to Corrib House. Over 50 people took part in an ongoing blockade of the three entrances of the Shell HQ. The protest was peaceful with protesters linking arms and standing in front of the cars of employees as they attempted to enter the underground car park.

The first few managers got in as the protesters were perhaps caught out by a high level of Gardai aggression. Despite the warm morning several Gardai were observed pulling on heavy padded gloves, one lost it completely and was threatening to 'smash your face in' or 'sort you out afterwards' but most just confined themselves to trying to push the protesters out of the way of incoming cars.

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The people of Mayo have been subjected to months of Gardai harrassment, checkpoints and confrontations at Shells behest. This morning Shells employees found out what it was like to face scuffles on the way into work. It was too much for most of them and they turned away.

At quarter to nine a Gardai got a car through by telling protesters the occupant was an RTE journalist but that was the last car in. Another spent three of four minutes trying to get in as protesters and Gardai scuffled all around them, one persons foot was ran over. Then they thought the better of it and drive off. At five to nine the same thing happened with another car until the senior Guard on duty ordered the drive to stop trying to get in and to drive off. After that Gardai checked all cars approaching the land and those containing Shell employees were directed to drive off.

Gardai was questioned as to why they were protecting the robbery of Irelands natural resources the profits of which could be used to fund health and education. They didn't seem to have an answer beyond saying the protest was illegal. A small group of secret police watched events from across the road but played no other part while I was there. At 9.20 the blockade was still in progress with only about half a dozen Shell employees having managed to get into the building.

More photos and audio recorded this morning to come

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No entrance at the front
No entrance at the front

Or the side
Or the side

Or the rear
Or the rear

Gardai turn cars away as secret police look on
Gardai turn cars away as secret police look on

 #   Title   Author   Date 
   More images of blockade at Corrib house     Joe    Fri Apr 27, 2007 10:41 
   Great Work     Jack    Fri Apr 27, 2007 10:47 
   well done!     tnc    Fri Apr 27, 2007 11:23 
   Some more images     Joe    Fri Apr 27, 2007 14:13 
   Sequence 4     Joe    Fri Apr 27, 2007 14:16 
   Last set     Joe    Fri Apr 27, 2007 14:18 
   we haven't gone away.     Rev Malcolm X    Fri Apr 27, 2007 14:29 
   Turning up the heat!     Celia S    Fri Apr 27, 2007 14:33 
   Fair play!     Dan    Fri Apr 27, 2007 15:34 
 10   Few More Pics..     J.Carax    Fri Apr 27, 2007 15:35 
 11   Few More Pics....     J.Carax    Fri Apr 27, 2007 15:41 
 12   Last one...     J.Carax    Fri Apr 27, 2007 15:44 
 13   Don't you just hate the jobs-worths with their company mobile phones?     Simon Wiesenthal    Fri Apr 27, 2007 15:58 
 14   Hilarious Reporting from O'Reilly's Pet Hacks     Sharon D    Fri Apr 27, 2007 16:24 
 15   Shell protesters blockade HQ     tnc corcaí    Fri Apr 27, 2007 16:32 
 16   re: Shell Ireland Statement     Witness    Fri Apr 27, 2007 16:38 
 17   Aggression?     Tim Kelly    Fri Apr 27, 2007 16:43 
 18   reply     Witness    Fri Apr 27, 2007 16:54 
 19   Shell are lying     Joe    Fri Apr 27, 2007 17:01 
 20   Shell to Sea demonstrates dance routines     Lord of the Dance    Fri Apr 27, 2007 17:11 
 21   UTube or liveleak video?     daithi    Fri Apr 27, 2007 17:12 
 22   Today     S2S supporter    Fri Apr 27, 2007 17:12 
 23   Better late than never     Joe    Fri Apr 27, 2007 20:56 
 24   Magnificent Action     Edinburgh Resident    Fri Apr 27, 2007 23:06 
 25   Heart not sold     Seán Ryan    Fri Apr 27, 2007 23:39 
 26   clarification     Seán Ryan    Fri Apr 27, 2007 23:43 
 27   Message to Shell     Supporter    Sat Apr 28, 2007 00:39 
 28   .     Avid Swimmer    Sat Apr 28, 2007 01:11 
 29   once     Bon    Sat Apr 28, 2007 03:10 
 30   police costs     pro    Sat Apr 28, 2007 11:13 
 31   .     MacNo    Sat Apr 28, 2007 11:21 
 32   police costs     pro    Sat Apr 28, 2007 13:33 
 33   lab/sf     fencer    Sat Apr 28, 2007 16:01 
 34   OReilly     Barry    Sat Apr 28, 2007 17:28 
 35   Why all the bullying of Labour Youth members?     Joanne - Labour Youth    Sat Apr 28, 2007 19:28 
 36   BRILLIANT     Ciaran C Belfast    Sat Apr 28, 2007 19:39 
 37   you for real?     hold on    Sun Apr 29, 2007 01:11 
 38   what's real in your imagination?     Seán Ryan    Sun Apr 29, 2007 02:35 
 39   Get real     len    Sun Apr 29, 2007 14:54 
 40   are you suggesting we stop protesting for one week & buy a hospital bed?     stamina & energy : but no outlet    Sun Apr 29, 2007 15:47 
 41   more reality     Seán Ryan    Sun Apr 29, 2007 15:54 
 42   Great protest     dazinski    Sun Apr 29, 2007 15:59 
 43   A disgrace     Doyler    Sun Apr 29, 2007 16:02 
 44   unbeleiveable     CL    Sun Apr 29, 2007 18:12 
 45   CL:     Literate Reader    Sun Apr 29, 2007 18:34 
 46   Apoligy     CL    Sun Apr 29, 2007 22:28 
 47   For the want of a nail the shoe was lost...     Seán Ryan    Mon Apr 30, 2007 04:17 
 48   weak     CL    Mon Apr 30, 2007 08:10 
 49   Confused morals     local    Mon Apr 30, 2007 08:58 
 50   Right to work     CK    Mon Apr 30, 2007 10:32 
 51   For The Want Of A Sean     dazinski    Mon Apr 30, 2007 10:37 
 52   morality     CL    Mon Apr 30, 2007 11:50 
 53   what is the message?     Dr Nick    Mon Apr 30, 2007 12:58 
 54   mob rule     mob    Mon Apr 30, 2007 14:16 
 55   Cloud Cuckoo Land     SX    Mon Apr 30, 2007 14:23 
 56   Law     CL    Mon Apr 30, 2007 15:20 
 57   Surely not?!     mob    Mon Apr 30, 2007 15:40 
 58   If ya want to explore the ideas and practices of anarchism     mark    Mon Apr 30, 2007 15:59 
 59   Is it right in principal to block people from going to work?     Tony Blake    Tue May 01, 2007 13:00 
 60   huh?     office worker    Tue May 01, 2007 15:47 
 61   Well done to all concerned!     Pat Wicklow    Wed May 02, 2007 22:05 
 62   RTE coverage of willie's return and guarda agression     cork s2s    Thu May 03, 2007 15:27 

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