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Shell security attack Willie Corduff after illegal Glengad compound dismantled

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Entrance to Glengad compound Thursday morning

Shell's illegal Glengad compound was dismantled last night and Goldman winner, Willie Corduff was assaulted by masked Shell security during truck protest.
Yesterday Shell’s attempts to restart their works on the Corrib Gas project were ground to a halt after only eight hours. At 6-30 a workforce of about 20, backed up by around 50 private security guards erected fences to re-establish a compound. This compound is the would-be on-shore pipe installation base. Works were seriously hampered when local people and solidarity camp activists occupied machinery.

By 4 o clock Rossport Five member Willie Corduff was still refusing to leave the from under the truck, which he had occupied in the compound and all work had ground to a halt. Shell were unable to continue as Willie was preventing necessary equipment being used.
As the evening drew to a close Willie was resolute that he would stay and the community rallied around in support. Throughout the evening supporters gathered at the compound to show support for the campaign and Willie Corduff’s stand bringing blankets and hot water bottles.


As the crowd gathered tensions rose as Erris people saw first hand Shell’s attempt to devastate their community for a tenth year in a row. The fence beside the truck where Willie was positioned was removed and the activists made their way to Willie to ensure he was ok. Soon the entire southern exterior perimeter was dismantled. Shell’s initial works were almost undone.

At this point people returned to see Willie who was cold and still but all things considered was in good spirits. Erris activists had checked Shell’s attempts to restart work. People sat around talking and were in high spirits.

Protesters Attacked
Around 3am the vigil of supporters were gathered on the road and Willie was accompanied at the truck only by his brother- in-law. Willie had briefly gotten out from under the truck to stretch his legs. The two men were standing beside the truck when up to ten Shell security personnel in black and wearing balaclavas “appeared out of nowhere”. The men pushed Willie to the ground and started kicking him and hitting him with a heavy object that appeared to be a baton or torch. They knelt on his head and twisted his arms behind his back as they beat him. His brother-in-law attempted to aid Willie but was pushed back repeatedly and forcibly removed by the masked Shell security into an adjacent field where he was then knocked to the ground, kicked and beaten.

A Shell medic stayed with Willie for a period. Local people, who arrived on the scene shortly after the two men were assaulted, were so frightened of the Shell security personnel that they called the Gardaí who were patrolling the area. Willie was removed by an ambulance to Castlebar General Hospital, where he is being treated for nausea and severe bruising to the head and body. A Garda statement confirmed the identity of Willie and his brother-in-law’s attackers stating that “A protester [Willie] who was present on the site since yesterday was this morning removed from the compound by security staff.”

Works as we write appears to be suspended. Willie Corduff is in hospital, the area is on a knife-edge as a mixture of fear and anger brews.

People are urged to travel to Erris now to stand with Erris people to make a stand against Shell.

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Pallisade fences at compound overturned

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 #   Title   Author   Date 
   go to hell , Shell !     Michelle    Thu Apr 23, 2009 15:48 
   Michelle we are trying     Caoimhe    Thu Apr 23, 2009 16:37 
   Shell to Sea Press Release: Willie Corduff hospitalised by balaclava-clad Shell security     S2S Supporter    Thu Apr 23, 2009 17:19 
   Facts please     Kuntface    Thu Apr 23, 2009 18:53 
   Your honesty     LP    Thu Apr 23, 2009 19:05 
   The media have this story spin, then?     Fred Johnston    Thu Apr 23, 2009 19:09 
   My apologies to Willie     Fred Johnston    Thu Apr 23, 2009 19:11 
   Garda press statement     MacE    Thu Apr 23, 2009 20:30 
   Disgusting Behavior     Peter Fitzsimons    Thu Apr 23, 2009 20:47 
 10   The Gutter Press ?     Keith Harris    Thu Apr 23, 2009 20:58 
 11   Willie Corduff works for Shell!!     Dabhog    Thu Apr 23, 2009 22:06 
 12   Pierce the veil of state/corporate lies.     James Kelly    Thu Apr 23, 2009 22:34 
 13   Like Hitler's Gestapo     Ethel &Tom Corduff    Fri Apr 24, 2009 00:51 
 14   Shell & Statoil,s mercenaries.     Margaret    Fri Apr 24, 2009 05:59 
 15   Irish Times makes a weak effort to restore balance     Miriam    Fri Apr 24, 2009 07:38 
 16   Visual images needed     Visual S2S supporter    Fri Apr 24, 2009 08:31 
 17   Misleading     CL    Fri Apr 24, 2009 08:57 
 18   Letter to Frank Coughlan, Assistant Editor, Irish Independent     Miriam    Fri Apr 24, 2009 09:15 
 19   Strange     LC    Fri Apr 24, 2009 09:50 
 20   footprints inthe mud     CSI    Fri Apr 24, 2009 11:11 
 21   Morning Star reports it today     Miriam    Fri Apr 24, 2009 11:13 
 22   Corporate terrorism     Lemuel    Fri Apr 24, 2009 11:22 
 23   James Connolly had it right about the media     Biker    Fri Apr 24, 2009 11:25 
 24   Complain to the BBC about erroneous reporting     Lemuel    Fri Apr 24, 2009 12:23 
 25   See Lemuel's post above too     Miriam    Fri Apr 24, 2009 12:31 
 26   Pic of Willy Corduff in hospital, April 23, 2009     Peter Sutherland's Nemesis    Fri Apr 24, 2009 16:01 
 27   Illegal compound     JM    Fri Apr 24, 2009 18:38 
 28   "Retention" carry on shot down in E U court.     James Kelly    Fri Apr 24, 2009 20:24 
 29   what are our rights worth?     lulu    Fri Apr 24, 2009 22:02 
 30   mercenaries     kevin murphy    Sat Apr 25, 2009 10:57 
 31   Letter to Irish Times     H    Sat Apr 25, 2009 11:44 
 32   Illegal work in Glengad     C    Sat Apr 25, 2009 12:51 
 33   Retention!     But    Sat Apr 25, 2009 14:53 
 34   solidairty     Eoghan    Sat Apr 25, 2009 15:12 
 35   evil Irish style     old codger    Sat Apr 25, 2009 17:15 
 36   Retention by But     sunshine    Sat Apr 25, 2009 19:26 
 37   Retention seems to be for the bin.     Marie    Sat Apr 25, 2009 20:54 
 38   Again     But    Sat Apr 25, 2009 21:55 
 39   For the Record.     Arm-a-Gedden    Sun Apr 26, 2009 00:16 
 40   again by but     little miss sunshine    Sun Apr 26, 2009 09:24 
 41   Ah     But    Sun Apr 26, 2009 11:36 
 42   Committing crime with impunity     Gayle    Sun Apr 26, 2009 11:39 
 43   UN Aarhus convention agreement     old codger    Sun Apr 26, 2009 14:40 
 44   The media lies - quelle surprise     C. Guerin    Sun Apr 26, 2009 14:54 
 45   Not just Fianna Fáil though     Gayle    Sun Apr 26, 2009 18:21 
 46   Just for a laugh     Cliff    Sun Apr 26, 2009 22:58 
 47   Unbelieveable.     Lecanvey man    Mon Apr 27, 2009 00:37 
 48   THE PHOENIX article on Michael Dwyer and Shell / FF security     JM    Mon Apr 27, 2009 01:10 
 49   Running Scared?     Seamuseen    Mon Apr 27, 2009 10:55 
 50   No time for complacency     Kate    Mon Apr 27, 2009 13:08 
 51   Fence removal     LP    Mon Apr 27, 2009 14:23 
 52   "The Little People"     Róisíin    Mon Apr 27, 2009 14:45 
 53   Audio clip from MidWestRadioNews - 24th April     C    Mon Apr 27, 2009 15:14 
 54   Picket Sindo HQ     James Kelly    Mon Apr 27, 2009 16:51 
 55   use of time and energy.     BG    Mon Apr 27, 2009 17:17 
 56   just the Facts     13 left to find out    Mon Apr 27, 2009 22:44 
 57   Turning back the tide     Medbh    Tue Apr 28, 2009 08:22 
 58   Some of the "badges of honor" from IRM Security staff     Soundmigration    Thu Apr 30, 2009 00:21 
 59   Plus ça change...     Mrs Doyle    Thu Apr 30, 2009 12:24 
 60   Willie does not deserve this     friend    Tue Jun 02, 2009 19:44 


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