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ANNOUNCEMENT BY Shell to Sea Campaign:

GCM Director Denny Larson on policing of environmental  protests.
Liberty Hall, Dublin- 7PM Thursday May 15th


Mr. Denny Larson of Global  Community Monitor, a United States-based human rights and environmental  justice organization, will speak in Dublin at Liberty Hall on Thursday May  15th at 7PM. 

GCM was a part of an international fact-finding mission  to Ireland to report on the policing operation in Erris County Mayo early last  year, and met with many people who have direct experience of the Garda tactics  at the Shell to Sea protests. Denny Larson will speak about his  experience of relations between the local community and the Gardaí, and make  comparisons with other human rights and environmental campaigns with which GCM  is involved.  

Speaking in advance of the event, Denny Larson said: “The  failure of the Justice Minister to take immediate action to reform the manner  in which the Garda are mishandling peaceful protests in County Mayo is further  violation of the civil and human rights of Irish citizens.  International  intervention by the European Union and other bodies is needed in Ireland due  to the serious nature of the situation which continues to threaten the safety  of law abiding protesters and the public.”   

Find out more information about Global Community Monitor  here:  

A Garda prosecution of a protester injured at the protests in November 2006, Mr Ed Collins, was finally dismissed by the court in Belmullet today Wednesday 14th May 2008.

Mayo has the highest incidence of complaints  against gardaí in the country. Report here

 <;task=view&amp;id=4021&amp;Itemid=38> Global Community Monitor was part of the  international delegation of human rights and environmental justice  investigators visited County Mayo Ireland at the request of a number of local  residents concerned with public safety, environmental impacts, free speech and  human rights issues arising from a gas pipeline and on-shore refinery project  being constructed by Royal Dutch Shell and its partners. Read a summary of the  report here < and its also non-profit sister websites,,,,, and are all owned by John Donovan. There is also a Wikipedia article.

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