Eleven years on, as the destruction and resistance continues in Niger, in Ireland we are witnessing the conflict between Shell and the peaceful residents of Rossport, Mayo where oil companies and the state aim to build a highly dangerous, experimental gas pipeline and refinery putting lives, homes, the environment and livelihoods at stake.
For these reasons, a day of action against Shell on 10th November was called for by Nigerian social movements and the Mayo based Shell-To-Sea campaign.
Inspired by last weeks action, activists have again targetted Shell with protest and direct-action in Reading. Overnight, pixies turned off the pumps at a Shell petrol station using the emergency shut-off switch on the wall of the shop, ready for the morning rushhour on 10th November. Later in the evening, 8 people held a protest outside the garage shop, opposite the pumps, giving out loads of leaflets and holding a banner demanding "S-HELL OUT OF IRELAND!"
The public were very sympathetic and supportive with many people urging us on. One lady from Ireland declared her support saying "That's (Shell exploiting Mayo) not allowed!" whilst another, who knew of the situation in Nigeria and the execution of the Ogoni 8, commended us for taking action.
We send our love and solidarity to all people fighting capitalism around the world in defense of our lives!
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