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category dublin | environment | feature author Tuesday May 19, 2009 19:24author by Andrew - WSM (personal capacity) Report this post to the editors

Struggle in Rossport offers the 'threat of a good example' to all of us

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The long running struggle in Erris (Rossport) against Shell's attempt to impose an experimental gas pipeline on the local community has erupted in recent days with repeated local direct actions against the compound Shell are trying to construct. Meanwhile the state, at the behest of Shell, continues to press vindictive prosecutions against local activists. Back in March retired school teacher Maura Harrington for jailed for 30 days, today the state returned for another pound of flesh and she was sentenced to another 7-10 days in Mountjoy prison. At very short notice over 20 activists from Dublin Shell to Sea gathered at the prison gates and showed their outrage by blocking the entrance of the prison van containing Maura in to Mountjoy for about twenty minutes.

The vendictive decision to jail Maura comes at a very significant time when there are growing attacks on Irish workers coming out of the crisis in capitalism. We are told that the billions being spent bailing out the banks has to come out if our pockets and from our health and education services yet the state is giving Shell & Statoil hundreds of billions worth of gas and oil deposits off the west coast without a cent in royalties. (Click here for more details)

The people of Erris have been resisting this project for almost a decade now and have received support and solidarity from all across Ireland and beyond. The Irish state must be increasingly worried by the example their resistance sets to the working class across the island. If a few dozen people in an isolated region of Mayo can defy everything the state can throw at them over a decade (the magnitude of which is illustrated by a Gardai bill totaling 50% of that spent policing gangland shootings in Dublin) then how could the state hope to deal with the hundreds of thousands of workers in Ireland if we choose to stand together and declare 'enough'.

Tonight's blockade was symbolic of the power of resistance, that we can stand together and choose to resist. Shell and the Irish state have spent tens of millions of euro trying to beat the campaign into the ground. They have tried to bribe locals, they have beaten them, they have jailed them and they have wined and dined journalists by the dozen to ensure they get the right 'spin'. But despite all this it's not over yet. And now times have changed, the Celtic Tiger is dead. It's a good time to get involved (or re-involved) in the solidarity groups all over the country and to help make sure the people of Erris are not fighting alone. It's become increasingly clear that this fight is one for all of us.

After about twenty minutes a force of 15 or so Gardai emerged from the police station beside the prison and attacked the protest. With the use of force they managed to clear the road after a couple of minutes, pushing and dragging the protesters away from the van leaving several with bruises.

Video to follow

Related Link: http://www.wsm.ie/story/5517

The van arrives
The van arrives

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Maura (center) inside the van
Maura (center) inside the van

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 #   Title   Author   Date 
   Maura Harrington arrested,en route to prison     Starstruck    Mon May 18, 2009 19:16 
   from Meath to Mayo     TARA SUPPORTER    Mon May 18, 2009 19:34 
   Maura starting 14 days in Mountjoy     big_ron    Mon May 18, 2009 23:24 
   Great solidarity action!     Marc Summer    Tue May 19, 2009 00:03 
   Stills from video     Andrew    Tue May 19, 2009 00:07 
   Answer     Frank    Tue May 19, 2009 00:11 
   Last 5     Andrew    Tue May 19, 2009 00:13 
   Solidarity from Sydney, Australia     Ciaron    Tue May 19, 2009 01:22 
   Are there any trees in this forest?     Eeek    Tue May 19, 2009 10:40 
 10   Well done     Ariel Silvera    Tue May 19, 2009 10:46 
 11   Trolls are out     Andrew    Tue May 19, 2009 11:34 
 12   The troll tried but can't even spell 'eeekkk' right     eeekkk    Tue May 19, 2009 13:08 
 13   Video     Andrew    Tue May 19, 2009 14:00 
 14   Pausing to think about how the campaign can actually be won     A.R    Tue May 19, 2009 14:11 
 15   Beir Bua.     Tim.    Tue May 19, 2009 14:38 
 16   Is there a contradiction     Andrew    Tue May 19, 2009 14:52 
 17   Re:     A.R    Tue May 19, 2009 15:40 
 18   The great pretenders     Old codger    Tue May 19, 2009 15:42 
 19   Read before posting?     Andrew    Tue May 19, 2009 16:11 
 20   Stay strong maura     Queenie    Tue May 19, 2009 16:18 
 21   Direct Action - what is is not     Alan MacSimoin    Tue May 19, 2009 17:14 
 22   re:     A.R    Tue May 19, 2009 21:25 
 23   More from éirígí     Séamus    Tue May 19, 2009 22:06 
 24   Topaz mainstage     Concerned    Tue May 19, 2009 23:50 
 25   why don't you?     Christy    Wed May 20, 2009 12:09 
 26   Why not use state aparatus?     Sevinch karaca    Wed May 20, 2009 12:16 
 27   re:     A.R    Wed May 20, 2009 19:34 
 28   Response to A.R.     Ciaron    Thu May 21, 2009 00:29 
 29   Missing the point?     rom    Thu May 21, 2009 01:30 
 30   Nationalise the gas     Shell Out    Thu May 21, 2009 09:48 
 31   Re:     A.R    Thu May 21, 2009 11:53 
 32   Notice.     J K    Thu May 21, 2009 22:28 
 33   New York Times Article     Spectator    Fri May 22, 2009 00:01 
 34   Solidarity     non sectarian    Fri May 22, 2009 13:45 
 35   What was the name of the Judge     Sensible Man    Fri May 22, 2009 17:13 
 36   Congrats.     Arm-a-Gedden    Sat May 23, 2009 23:27 
 37   Song Dedicated To Maura Harrington .     Georgie    Sun May 24, 2009 01:28 


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