Bizarrely after 30 minutes or so all the Gards left leaving I-RMS in charge of policing the protesters, despite their shocking record of violence towards the local community.
People spent the afternoon occupying the area while chatting, singing, playing music and football.
Around 5 o'clock in the evening when most people had left, with no warning I-RMS men jumped on protesters and forcefully removing them, themselves surrounding the drill. The protesters attempted to reach the drill again but were repeatedly “repelled” by security, at this point the drill started to operate again while protesters and security were close to it. For the next 30 minutes this battle continued in obvious breach of safety regulations putting both workers and protesters at risk.
The day demonstrated yet again that Shell have total disregard not only for environment and local community but also for their own employees.
Rossport Solidarity Camp