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Shell to Sea National Demonstration: A Great Spirit Prevails

category dublin | environment | feature author Monday February 26, 2007 13:18author by Jim&El Bull Report this post to the editors

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El Bull says:The march was half way down O'Connell St. by the time I arrived. There were some very pleasant folks at the front the march, who were handing out “brown envelopes”, which summed up very nicely the core of the problem in Co. Mayo – the sell off of our natural resources by corrupt politicians. Wearing entertaining masks and engaging very amicably with all standing by on the footpath, they captured the spirit very well.

As it turned out, there was a S2S pamphlet in the envelope, rather than a stash of cash. I also was handed leaflets for Marxism 2007, further S2S info, a flyer on the IAWM demo at the FF ard fheis and a copy of Workers Solidarity – plenty of reading to keep me going, or anyone else on the footpath who was inclined to take whatever literature that was offered. The rest of O’Connell Street was fairly impassive while watching the ensemble go by.

There was a group of maybe a dozen or so “rugby balls” went up the centre island of the street – lads with rugby balls, each about the size of a 32” wide screen TV, on their heads. These rugby balls ended up by the Falun Gong stall that was set up in the middle of the centre island, so it was a day of all sorts of interesting stuff going on in town – I should really get in there more often.

Related Links: Review of Our Story · Announcement of National Demonstration · Breaking News of the last Friday's Events (incl. Audio Reports) · Another Report of the Occupation · Photographic Report · Solidarity Action in Scotland last Friday

The march took maybe quarter of an hour to pass the spot where I was. I’m not sure how many bodies on the street that translates to. I reckon there were more than 1,000 but less than 10,000 (I know, that’s quite a spread, but I was so content absorbing the atmosphere that I didn’t put much effort into doing a headcount.

The Gardaí were numerous, but well behaved. There were a few dozen flanking the march, as well as a handful along each of the side streets approaching O’Connell St. (or at least those that I travelled). The Garda helicopter was buzzing overhead and there were plenty of vehicles (bikes, jeeps, unmarked cars) on O’Connell St. & in vicinity.

The crowd was in good form and undeterred by the shower that was falling. It all seemed just fine, so out I stepped onto O’Connell St. to add my presence to the dissenters.

A number of comments from this story have been hidden because of Sock Pupperty -i.e. where the same user posts under different names pretending to be different people and fabricating points of view and counter-arguments with themselves. In this particular instance this person has impersontated the contributions of other users. This activity is considered a very serious breach of Indymedia guidelines and will not be tolerated. -Ed

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 #   Title   Author   Date 
   More photos     Jim    Sat Feb 24, 2007 19:32 
   A few more     Jim    Sat Feb 24, 2007 19:36 
   Great spirit on O'Connell St.     El Bull    Sat Feb 24, 2007 20:55 
   Sell off what sell off     rianorr    Sat Feb 24, 2007 22:52 
   public meeting monday 26th     er    Sat Feb 24, 2007 23:11 
   More pix     áine archaigh    Sat Feb 24, 2007 23:40 
   A few more pix...     áine archaigh    Sun Feb 25, 2007 00:19 
   Last few pix...     áine archaigh    Sun Feb 25, 2007 00:44 
   .     b    Sun Feb 25, 2007 15:20 
 10   46-13     Dr Nick    Sun Feb 25, 2007 16:46 
 11   Correction     Cogar    Sun Feb 25, 2007 17:04 
 12   Photos from Natl. Demo.     Ray    Sun Feb 25, 2007 20:59 
 13   More Photos     Ray    Sun Feb 25, 2007 21:12 
 14   Photos of the Shell to Sea March     sovietpop    Sun Feb 25, 2007 21:21 
 15   Watching me watching him watching me..     C    Sun Feb 25, 2007 21:31 
 16   what about "shell to nowhere"?     deFy    Sun Feb 25, 2007 21:43 
 17   God love them     ciaran c    Mon Feb 26, 2007 13:14 
 18   lovely pics     krossie    Mon Feb 26, 2007 15:13 
 19   10 images from saturday's march     Paula Geraghty    Mon Feb 26, 2007 16:50 
 20   After the war     Morris    Mon Feb 26, 2007 18:18 
 21   comparative analysis     Nash    Mon Feb 26, 2007 18:37 
 22   maths     confused local    Tue Feb 27, 2007 08:42 
 23   Wannabe Shell Statisticians     Etain    Tue Feb 27, 2007 11:56 
 24   Confused "local"-you're mathematical genius is flawed!     Starstruck    Tue Feb 27, 2007 13:33 
 25   European Parliament Petitions     W. Finnerty.    Tue Feb 27, 2007 13:46 
 26   Gas prices fall yet AGAIN...     R. Isible    Tue Feb 27, 2007 14:24 
 27   go for it     teb    Tue Feb 27, 2007 14:29 
 28   terrific turnout     chrissie    Tue Feb 27, 2007 15:57 
 29   Video of Shell to Sea protest     Henscastle    Sat Mar 03, 2007 14:51 
 30   Petitions Committee     ken    Mon Mar 05, 2007 15:31 


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