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Irish Independent: Shell activists cut free and then arrested

Published: Jun 06, 2007

FOUR anti-Shell protesters were arrested yesterday after they tried to block an operation to remove peat from the site of the Corrib Gas terminal in Bellanaboy, Co Mayo.

Four female activists attached themselves to each other through plastic pipes filled with concrete and rod iron.

Garda Superintendent Joseph Gannon said firemen had to be called to carry out the delicate operation of cutting the activists free.

The four were taken to Belmullet Garda Station where they were charged later with obstruction, breach of the peace and failing to observe a Garda instruction.

They were then released and are expected to appear in the local court on June 13.

The process of cutting through the piping took four hours. Those involved in yesterday’s incidents were not local members of the Shell to Sea organisation.

Shell has terminated its peat haulage operation for the duration of the protest confining its lorries to an excavation site at Bellanaboy 11 kilometres from the peat deposition area.

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