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From: "Jo Makepeace"
Subject: SchNEWS 537, Friday 24th March, 2006
Date: Fri, 24 Mar 2006 13:10:02 -0000

Rossport Soldarity Camp reopened - Mayo (Ireland)


Rossport solidarity camp in North-West Mayo has recently reopened in a new location along the planned route of Shell's dangerous experimental pipe-line in a beautiful windswept part of rural Mayo, Ireland. Last year, five local men were jailed indefinitely at the behest of Shell, who were trying to put an end to the blockading of the construction site (see SchNEWS 506).

After three months and no drop in the spirits of the continuing local protests, backed up by support from visiting activists, Shell stopped work for the winter. The men were then released and campaigners have now regrouped.

The camp is back and locals and activists are preparing for the upcoming fight. Construction may begin any day and bodies are needed to help out in the camp. The pipeline is proposed to run at an experimentally high pressure, on unstable bogland with a history of landslides and subsidence. The pipe also runs through the backyards of locals living as close as 50 metres to the pipe-line, despite the 'safe zone' for the pipe-line being at least 300 metres. As one of the campaigners told SchNEWS, "If Shell thought that small farmers in the arse-end of nowhere would be a pushover they thought wrong. When we say this thing will be built over our dead bodies, we mean it." The camp does however welcome visitors.

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