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Rossport meets Nottingham

Notts IMC | 07.11.2005 19:24 | Rossport Solidarity | Ecology | Social Struggles

The Rossport Solidarity Camp in Mayo, Ireland was set up as local residents oppose of Shell's plan to build an unprecedented high pressure gas pipeline through the hamlet of Rossport, on the wild rugged coastline of north-west Mayo, Ireland. Five of these local activists, aka The Rossport Five, were subsequently imprisoned for refusing to obey a court order forbidding them from preventing contractors hired by Shell access to their farms and those of their neighbours. After 3 months in prison, they were released when Shell asked that the court order be lifted. The struggle has won significant victories in securing their release, and in preventing Shell building the development this year, as they had planned to do, but the battle is far from over...

Two participants in Rossport Solidarity Camp will be on a speaking tour of Britain in November and will speak in Nottingham at the International Community Centre, 61b Mansfield Road on the 10th November. The talk starts at 7pm and is free.

Links: Justice for the Rossport 5 | Shell to Sea network | Indymedia Ireland | personal report with pictures from the Rossport Camp, by Dean | Rossport Solidarity Camp speaking tour dates

The battle is far from over as the Rossport Five said on the their release: "The campaign has now begun in earnest." Thus far Shell has faced continual picketing of all their construction sites, a threatened blockade by fishing boats of their off-shore pipeline construction, and a variety of solidarity actions across the island and beyond.

Rossport Solidarity Camp plans to re-launch in March 2006 as a much bigger operation. Two participants in Rossport Solidarity Camp will be on a speaking tour of Britain in November, one of them will also be speaking about Cork Harbour Action Group, a non-violent direct action group engaged with a community struggle against the construction of incineration facilities in Ringaskiddy, County Cork.

Indymedia Ireland coverage: [ Complete coverage on Indymedia Mayo, Ireland ]

The Rossport Solidarity Camp | Photos from a Summer of Resistance in Erris | A Few Days of Struggle in North West Mayo | Rossport Solidarity Camp | Shell bus blockaded in Glengad | Details of the Solidarity Camp in Rossport + Upcoming Events | Photo Report from Rossport | Cheap Headlines In The Irish Times | New Socialist Party Press Release | Photos of Sunday's Castlebar Demonstration | Labour Issue Statement Condemning Pipeline | Galway: Rock Solid Support For The Rossport 5 | Corrib Gas - Four Courts - Friday, 1st July | Dail Debate On The Rossport 5 | | Audio of Shell To Sea Press Conference: Thurs 30th June: Kildare St. Dublin | Shell v People of Rossport | Report From Rossport | Solidarity at Shell AGM London | Ogra SF Shut Down A Statoil In Dublin In Solidarity | Ogra SF Occupy Another Petrol Station | Coillte Implicated ? | A Day In The Struggle | Galway Protest Photoreport | Belmullet Rally Photo Series | Ex Gama Workers Support Rossport 5 Picket | DCTU Call For Release Of Rossport 5 | Shell To Sea Picket Norwegian Embassy | Second Cork Blockade Of Shell | The Story Behind The Inprisonment Of The Rossport 5 | Get Your Ass To Erris | Shell Lawbreaking In Mayo: What Was Not Told In Court | Indymedia Shell VS Rossport Archive | Justice Delayed Is Justice Denied: An E-Mail To RTE | Joe Higgins Statement | Shell To Sea Dublin Press Conference: Thurs 30th June: Statement | I am Micheál Ó Seighin, of Ceathrú Thaidhg, Béal an Átha, Co. Mhaigh Eo | Galway : Rock Solid Support for the Rossport Five | The Issue For Statoil: Think For A Minute

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