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Irish Times: Protesters blockade Shell refinery

13/07/2007  13:01

Shell to Sea campaigners have set up a blockade and halted traffic on the road between Belmullet and Ballycastle in Co Mayo.

Two men have chained themselves to a van on the road leading to the proposed gas refinery site at Bellanaboy.

Trucks working on the site have been unable to gain access to it since shortly after 9am. The fire brigade from Bellmullet has been called to try and untie the men.

The campaigners want Shell to refine gas from the Corrib gas field at sea rather than at Bellanaboy.

“It is vital for the preservation of Erris and the protection of its people that all work on this destructive and exploitative project be stopped immediately. Despite a contemptible strategy by the authorities that either ignores or maliciously persecutes those opposing the project, residents remain resolute in their opposition,” said spokesperson John Monaghan

The Cork branch of the Shell to Sea campaign has travelled to Mayo today to “show solidarity” for the three Mayo protesters who were convicted of assault on gardaí.

Cork Shell to Sea spokesman Ray Hanrahan said: “While the State considers the assault of gardaí a serious criminal offence, neither the government nor the judiciary have any qualms about the violence, intimidation and lawless brutality they’ve unleashed upon the brave people of north-west Mayo.”

The Dublin branch of Shell to Sea are holding a protest outside the Department of Justice this afternoon and will hold a rally on O’Connell Street to raise public awareness of the campaign.

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