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Shell to Sea: November 10th Day of Action- Remember Ken Saro-Wiwa

November 10th is the anniversary of the execution of Ken Saro-Wiwa and eight other Ogoni anti-Shell activists by the Nigerian state for campaigning against the devastation of the Niger Delta by oil companies, especially Shell and Chevron.

The production, transportation and processing of oil and gas has polluted many parts of the world. Tanker spills, refinery emissions, gas flares, oil well blow-outs, and pipeline explosions have spilled highly toxic fluids and gases into the atmosphere, across land and into rivers and oceans around the world.

Many people who live in countries where the big energy companies operate have seen the land despoiled, their neighbours imprisoned, their governments corrupted. In our own country we are currently witnessing the conflict between Shell and the peaceful residents of Erris in north Mayo. Last year my father was one of the five men imprisoned in high-security conditions for more than three months in Cloverhill Prison, because they refused to undertake not to protest against Shell.
This year, on November 10th, people from around the country are asked to join in a peaceful mass protest to stop Shell contractors from getting into and working on the site of the giant raw gas refinery that they seek to impose on the people of Mayo. We ask people to show solidarity with the residents of Erris, and commemorate Saro-Wiwa and the Ogoni Eight through peaceful direct action. We also wish to bring to national attention the appalling situation whereby the natural resources of Ireland are being given away to multi-national companies, with no benefit to the people of Ireland.

We hope that you will be able to join us, or if not, please pass this email on to anyone that you think may be interested.

The following is a quote from Saro-Wiwa at Port Harcourt prison on the eve of his death by hanging: “I’ll tell you this, I may be dead but my ideas will not die”.
Thank you,
Máire Ní Sheighin

Dublin Shell to Sea and its sister websites,,,,, and are all owned by John Donovan. There is also a Wikipedia article.

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