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The Times: Police break up gas plant protest

November 10, 2007

Several hundred police overpowered about 300 protesters who tried to block construction of a natural-gas processing plant in western Ireland. Three protesters were arrested and another was taken to hospital as officers cleared a sit-down protest at the gates of Royal Dutch Shell’s planned refinery in the unpopulated bogland of Bellanaboy, Co Mayo, police said.

Shell to Sea, a group that has mounted several similar protests since construction of the Bellanaboy facility began 13 months ago, said that a lorry carrying Shell workers ran over a protester’s foot. The protest was timed to coincide with the 12th anniversary of the execution in Nigeria of nine antiShell campaigners, including Ken Saro-Wiwa, the writer.

The Green Party, which opposed the project while in opposition, has accepted it since joining the Government in June. Shell is building a pipeline to deliver raw natural gas from the Corrib field, about 80km (50 miles) off northwest Mayo, to Bellanaboy. (AP) and its sister websites,,,,, and are all owned by John Donovan. There is also a Wikipedia article.

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