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Succesful blockade of Shell HQ in Dublin

category dublin | environment | news report author Friday May 18, 2007 10:09author by Joe Report this post to the editors

Dublin Shell to Sea escalated its campaign against Shell’s command centre at Corrib house on Leeson Street with a blockade of all three entrances. After two hours only four Shell employees had been pushed through the blockade by the large force of Gardai on hand.

The action was called to "highlight the incredible theft of our natural resources that totals 51 billion euros in the Corrib field alone" while "each winter, up to 3,000 people die prematurely every year from fuel poverty". Upwards of 45 protesters had assembled with Shell being protected by around 30 Gardai and a number of private security.

Gardai were for the most part well behaved but one Guard probably keen to impress his mates grabbed a protester by the testicles! At one point Shell rewarded the Gardai with small cartoons of orange juice but no doubt they'll try and write that off against tax.

Photos to follow

author by Antopublication date Fri May 18, 2007 10:39author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Keep it up.

author by gan ainm - Belfast ABCpublication date Fri May 18, 2007 11:16author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Keep the pressure up, take the fight to them country wide.

Related Link: http://www.myspace.com/belfastabc
author by mattpublication date Fri May 18, 2007 11:21author address author phone Report this post to the editors

The cartons of orange juice add a nicely surreal touch for the whole thing...did they get free toys as well?

They've been quietly working away there for far too long.

Well done too all that turned out for it.

Also, for those interested, tickets are on sale in Connolly Books for the Rossport Solidarity Camps June Bank Holiday weekend event. The bus will leave at 6:30pm on Friday the 1st.
Workshops and events are being put on by Shell To Sea groups rom around the country and also by other community campaigns on Ireland.
It has a history of being an brilliant event (and sunshine always seems to put in a good showing)
so if you can make it down it won't disappoint.

author by Frankiepublication date Fri May 18, 2007 11:33author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Isn't that the corporate color of Shell?

author by krossie - WSM personal Capacitypublication date Fri May 18, 2007 11:34author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Good to hear it went well with no arrests and no major reproductive damage!

Sorry I couldn't make it

Beir bua!

kp

author by tnc corcaí - tncpublication date Fri May 18, 2007 11:40author address author phone Report this post to the editors

well done from supporters in cork - slán agus beir bua a chairde!

author by Seamuspublication date Fri May 18, 2007 11:45author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Well done folks, and glad to hear no arrests or serious injuries.

P.S. I thought it was against Garda policy for them to take food or water for free from anyone.

author by mattpublication date Fri May 18, 2007 12:22author address author phone Report this post to the editors

It does seem to slightly contravene their whole impartiality thing doesn't it? I'd imagine the Gardaí are forbidden from taking ANY gifts from anyone for that simple reason....on the other hand maybe if we spring for some Yop's they'll switch sides and join our blockades instead...now that's the kind of bribery we can afford..

author by Billbo - Dublin Shell to Seapublication date Fri May 18, 2007 12:29author address author phone Report this post to the editors

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Leeson St entrance
Leeson St entrance

Main entrance, Adelaide Road
Main entrance, Adelaide Road

Entrance to back lane
Entrance to back lane

Gardai force a Shell staffer through at back entrance on laneway
Gardai force a Shell staffer through at back entrance on laneway

Throwing protesters out of the way
Throwing protesters out of the way

Related Link: http://www.shelltosea.com
author by LPpublication date Fri May 18, 2007 15:14author address author phone Report this post to the editors

The guard with a penchant for other men's genitalia was B22, he's a sergeant at Kevin St..

Related Link: http://www.indymedia.ie/article/74861?include_comments=true&print_page=true
author by Mel Cork - Shell to Seapublication date Fri May 18, 2007 15:27author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Early start on the streets of Dublin. Just off the train in Cork, must go to work and slave for the almighty wage. Will comment later. MEL!

The OJ in question. Putting the Squeeze ON and IN
The OJ in question. Putting the Squeeze ON and IN

Caped Crusader
Caped Crusader

Not your average tour... got good support (notice the viking)
Not your average tour... got good support (notice the viking)

Final Push to get Lackies in around 10:30 ish
Final Push to get Lackies in around 10:30 ish

And Bertie looked down at his creation and said that it was GOOD. Genesis 6:66
And Bertie looked down at his creation and said that it was GOOD. Genesis 6:66

author by S2HELL - Shell to seapublication date Fri May 18, 2007 15:42author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Is this sgt. Cop a feel? ***** for bravery on the day.

COP a FEEL
COP a FEEL

author by Joepublication date Fri May 18, 2007 17:58author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Finally the photos from today - as you will note this was for the most part calmer than last time, mostly as the decision was taken very early on by the Gardai to turn all Shell cars away

Blocking the side
Blocking the side

Blocking the front
Blocking the front

The lane at the rear
The lane at the rear

Blocking the rear
Blocking the rear

The banner dance
The banner dance

author by Joepublication date Fri May 18, 2007 18:01author address author phone Report this post to the editors

and at times wet

They brought their friends this time
They brought their friends this time

img_0685.jpg

img_0697.jpg

author by Joepublication date Fri May 18, 2007 18:04author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Four people got in using more or less the method on show here of being puched through the protest by a scrum of Gardai.

Mnay curious dances were on display
Mnay curious dances were on display

Will I or won't I
Will I or won't I

Whats the advice
Whats the advice

Happy in their work
Happy in their work

Popping his through the protest
Popping his through the protest

author by LPpublication date Fri May 18, 2007 18:56author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Good work, great mugshots of Sergeant B22. Strange man.

Front: http://indymedia.ie/attachments/may2007/img_0706.jpg
Side: http://indymedia.ie/attachments/may2007/img_0691.jpg.

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author by pearlpublication date Fri May 18, 2007 19:55author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Respect to you all for keeping on - well done & see yez at the Gathering.

author by bubbletrouble - corkshelltoseapublication date Fri May 18, 2007 19:55author address author phone Report this post to the editors

well done all of yese!
looks well,if i had a damn usb id share our bertie photos
bertie visited corks wilton shopping center today to be greated by shelltosea activists,
we followed him through the whole shopping center with delightful chorus "BERTIE PUMPS FOR SHELL" got jostled and scraped by mad fanatic women (women were feeling him up!!!)and suits.we shook his hand tight and hard and asked him difficult questions about our gas and oil being sold,he blurted "!the deal is done ,i have nothing to say"a very shook man,then to patricks street where he was going to speak.Was..he had to cancel ..fantastic
watch tv3 news
dont think he'll be in cork for a while!
photos soon
solidarity or what!

author by Bikerpublication date Fri May 18, 2007 20:15author address author phone Report this post to the editors

I heard that some Shell to Sea folks got close to Bertie in Cork today - one seemed to grab his hand or perhaps it was Bertie putting his exhausted hand out for another shake and found a Shell to Sea-er on the other end. Any reports or photos?

Well done to the people at Shell HQ too by the way.

author by JMpublication date Fri May 18, 2007 22:32author address Rossportauthor phone Report this post to the editors

Another great action in the capital, and more good news from Cork as well. Many thanks from the stubborn folk in Mayo.

Let's keep up the pressure, they'll soon learn there's nowhere to hide.

Related Link: http://www.shelltosea.com/
author by Johnpublication date Mon May 21, 2007 15:35author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Why all the aggro? If you have the people behind you, you'll be the government in few days. Then you can do what you want, legally and without all this hassle. Can't you wait a little more.

author by MacEpublication date Mon May 21, 2007 15:40author address author phone Report this post to the editors

In a perfect world, you'd be right. But with all the misinformation about the campaign it's going to be tough.

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author by P.O'Neillpublication date Mon May 21, 2007 18:24author address author phone Report this post to the editors

"The action was called to "highlight the incredible theft of our natural resources"

And who is going to find, process, GET ASHORE SAFELY, distribute this natural resource??

Last I heard, the "Shinners" didn't have "oil and gas exploration" on their election manifest - unless of course they've opened a Tehran office, or maybe even a Caracas Cumman -- seeing as they're down in that neck of the woods anyway.

author by R. Isiblepublication date Mon May 21, 2007 18:42author address author phone Report this post to the editors

I think the aggro is a result of the intoxicating effect that orange juice has upon Gardai. It's a little-known fact, but one that's worth paying attention to and it's why the Gardai at Belmullet have to quench their thirst with Guinness instead.

author by Curiouspublication date Tue May 22, 2007 18:02author address author phone Report this post to the editors

I don't understand why you are protesting about the great gas givaway outside Shell. Surely you should be focusing your attention on the people who gave it away (i.e. the Government) as opposed to the people who got it.

What's the purpose of protesting outside Shell's offices? What are you trying to achieve? I'm just curious, I'm not having a go at anyone.

author by Peter - .publication date Tue May 22, 2007 19:46author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Curious,

This ranting and raving about the so called gas giveaway, and the terminal development are nothing but diversionary tactics which have been used solely by certain members of the shell to sea campaign group to further their own profile with in the public arena.
Why would a campaign grouping change its articulate spokesperson of past 2 years?
Why has your so called pet TD gone in to hibernation and that was well before an election was called.

author by ratpublication date Tue May 22, 2007 20:03author address author phone Report this post to the editors

ever of the rat abondanding a sinking ship? its true!

author by Frankiepublication date Tue May 22, 2007 20:27author address author phone Report this post to the editors

“Go back to the drawing board on the Corrib gas project - even now it is still not too late - and we'll help you solve the problem.”

author by Red Adair - Red Adair Grouppublication date Tue May 22, 2007 21:31author address author phone Report this post to the editors

John kept that quite, his profession is that of a gas production engineer not a humble blacksmith as he makes out to be !!

author by Curious Toopublication date Tue May 22, 2007 21:53author address author phone Report this post to the editors

You still dancing with Ginger Rogers?

author by Revolt Video - Revolt Videopublication date Fri Jun 01, 2007 22:19author email revoltvideo at hushmail dot comauthor address author phone Report this post to the editors

Available as a streaming video on the blog or a Xvid download via the vuze.com bittorrent host.

Related Link: http://revoltvideo.blogspot.com/2007/06/new-shell-blockade-video.html
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