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From: Jo Makepeace (
Date: Fri, 19 Sep 2008 08:27:34 +0100
Subject: SchNEWS 647, Friday 19th September 2008


Yes, more from Rossport, Ireland - because more developments keep happening! (See SchNEWS 646, 645, 643 to catch up on the story).

During two intense weeks of direct action - including at sea in small inflatables - the focus was on trying to stop the pipe-laying ship Solitaire doing it's job in a short time frame. The big news is that it left Irish waters on Thursday, having not even started work! Shell claims the ship had a technical hitch and it was nothing to do with the pressure from protesters - honest! - but this is a major setback for Shell.

It means that Maura Harrington can end her ten day hunger strike outside Shell's compound in Glengad. On Wednesday (17th), activists occupied the roof of Shell's offices in Belmullet, for a banner drop and demo - demanding the Solitaire leave - the two climbers were arrested and released soon after.

This is a victory for the moment and will delay the pipe-laying until next year. The ship is heading for a UK port now - location to be published on Indymedia - and Shell To Sea campaigners hope it gets a rousing reception where ever it goes.

See  and  (Shell to Sea)

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