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Shell accused of fuelling violence in Nigeria by paying rival militant gangs

David Smith - The Guardian

Oil company rejects watchdog's claims that its local contracts made it complicit in the killing of civilians

Militants of the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta travelling between camps.
Militants of the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta travelling between camps. Photograph: Veronique de Viguerie/Getty Images

Shell has fuelled armed conflict in Nigeria by paying hundreds of thousands of dollars to feuding militant groups, according to an investigation by the oil industry watchdog Platform, and a coalition of non-government organisations.

The oil giant is implicated in a decade of human rights abuses in the Niger delta, the study says, claiming that its routine payments exacerbated local violence, in one case leading to the deaths of 60 people and the destruction of an entire town.

Posted Date: 
3 October 2011

Shell to Sea barred from Dáil Oil and Gas hearing

Today, local Shell to Sea people from Kilcommon together with independent observer Fr. Michael Nallen, Parish Priest, travelled from north Mayo at the invitation of Éamon Ó Cuív to attend a Dáil Committee meeting on Natural Resources. Sr. Majella McCarron, Table Observer was also present.

The group was first told that the public gallery of the committee meeting room was full and they would be put into a separate room with a video link. They were then told that the Captain of the Guard, John O Flaherty had decided that they were a protest group and were not to be allowed inside the gates of the Dáil. Éamon Ó Cuív, who had been provided with a list of the names of local people and observers beforehand declared that he was “powerless” to do anything about the barring order.

IRMS continue to assault Corrib campaigners on public roads

Gardaí look on as Shell security continue to use unlawful force on peaceful protestors 

On Thursday last, the 15th September, Shell's private security force, IRMS continued their practice of using force on the public road as they see fit. Once again the Gardaí sat close by and witnessed this unlawful use of force by IRMS and allowed it to continue unimpeded.

IRMS hauling campaigners across a public road
IRMS hauling campaigners across a public road

Press Release: Belmullet court today filled with 17 Shell to Sea campaigners

Defiant mood as defendants arrive early to blockade Shell offices

At 8am this morning 25 people blockaded Shell's office in Belmullet, Co. Mayo, 17 of whom are due in Belmullet district court this morning facing charges for protesting against Shell's Corrib Gas Project. Most of the cases are to do with blocking the road Shell uses for transporting equipment and making deliveries to their tunnelling compound under construction in Aughoose.

Shell to Sea - Day of Action 23rd September

All are welcome to the day of mass action against Shell. It will be going on all day, starting 7am. There will be some music entertainment in the evening as well. If you cannot make it, you can still help by printing off the A4 posters below and putting them up where you live. If you want A3 versions, please get in touch.

As part of this call out there is also an inspiring video montage of some of the many actions that have taken place over 2011 - see below.

Direct action montage, Mayo 2011.  

Posted Date: 
9 September 2011
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