Their are events planned for both Sunday 16th and Monday 17th (see below for more info) in solidarity with the people of Rossport and their epic struggle. More details will be given at the meeting.
Please be there on time as there will be a lot to get through! Food will be available and is by donation. Accommodation will be floor space in a hall so please bring sleeping bags and mats etc.
CALL OUT FOR THE DAY OF ACTION
This year´s St Patrick´s day, Monday 17th March, has been called as an International day of action against shell, in solidarity with the people of Rossport, County Mayo, Ireland.
Since 2000 the small rural community of Rossport have been engaged in an epic battle trying to prevent Shell, Statoil, and Marathon from building a potentially devastating toxic onshore gas refinery and high pressure pipeline in their remote and environmentally sensitive region.
People from all over Ireland are set to join forces and show their united strength by going all the way to London to demonstrate on shell´s front door step.
Gluaiseacht, the Irish environmental network organising the trip, are calling for people to join them at the shell head office in London, or there is also a call out to take solidarity actions at shell garages and offices, St Paddy´s day parades and Irish embassies all over the world to coincide with the visit from 15th-17th March.
Meet 11am, Monday 17th March, at the shell centre which is on the South Bank in front of Jubilee Gardens (SE1) right next to Waterloo station and across from the London Eye.
What´s Wrong With shell? - The Corrib Pipeline Project
Shell are the biggest stakeholder and beneficiary of the project, so have therefore been the main target of protest.
The costs to the Environment, Community & Health
Since shell started building the refinery, Carrowmore Lake, which is a Special Area of Conservation as well as the local water supply to 10,000 people, has been polluted with dangerously high levels of aluminium coming from the building site. When the refinery is operational the toxic waste from it will be dumped into Broadhaven bay, where 220 sightings of seven whale and dolphin species, plus sightings of two seal species have been recorded.
The actual gas pipeline will operate at such high pressure that according to the Irish
government’s safety study if ruptured could potentially kill people and destroy buildings for
hundreds of metres around. This is all not to mention the irreparable damage fossil fuels, like gas, are having on destabilising the global climate.
From the summer of 2005 mass pickets shut down the refinery construction site after five Rossport residents were imprisoned for refusing to allow Shell’s sub-contractors access to their and their neighbours' small farms which the pipeline is to go through. But in October 2006 the Irish state came to the aid of shell by bringing in a massive two hundred strong police unit to physically force a path for Shell to commence work. A large police presence, consisting of Gardaí (Irish police) from all over Ireland, has stayed at the site to aid the work to continue undisrupted.
Although the resistance to shell in County Mayo is strong, the Irish state & shell´s tactics of brutality, repression and intimidation has paid a price on the people fighting the pipeline
So mark St Paddy´s day by showing solidarity with their fight!
For more info:
firstname.lastname@example.org (email for an electronic version of poster & flyer)
www.indymedia.ie/mayo - Reports of news and actions about the pipeline
www.struggle.ws/rsc - Rossport Solidarity Camp setup to aid the campaign against shell
www.corribsos.com - Campaign group Shell to Sea
www.gluaiseacht.ie - Gluaiseacht website
shell is hell