stop (s)hell banner
banner and reflection
terry clancey from rossport solidarity camp
let me make a note
pipeline of hell
protest round the front of shell
tiny but loud samba
inside rubens exhibition
outside rubens exhibition
the action soon attracted the local security teams, a couple of overwhelmed community support officers, and then various police. police used the new 'serious organised crime act' legislation which prohibits "unauthorised demonstrations' within an exclusion zone around parliament. at first they claimed that the protestors could not demonstrate anywhere near to the shell building, but after being shown a map of the exclusion zone, conceded that the action could continue on york road at the front of the building.
they handed out many leaflets and educated passers-by of the real un-'greenwashed' reality of shell. one of the participants was terry clancey who is visiting from the irish rossport solidarity group. he will be speaking at an event at rampart on saturday.
after a pause for some late lunch, it was off to the national gallery, where shell is currently sponsoring a rubens exhibition. visitors are charged £7.50 - £9 for entrance, but shell offer free tickets to their special guests, and have held at least two banquets in the building, surrounded by the classic art of rubens. as business men are treated to this sumptuous private exhibition, you can begin to see why shell are so keen to sponsor this kind of thing - it fits in neatly with their greenwash slogan of 'profit AND principles'.
for further info:
on shell generally www.shellfacts.com www.corporatewatch.org
on the struggle in ireland www.shelltosea.com
on shell art sponsorship www.artnotoil.org.uk
on protest restrictions www.freedomtoprotest.org.uk
to contact the uk solidarity campaign firstname.lastname@example.org
there will be a video of the day's protests posted later.
there is a rossport irish solidarity event at rampart next saturday with speakers, videos and music - more info on indymedia elswhere, and i'll post more details of this with the video.