"Agencies of the State got involved on the side of the developer, rather than on the side of the community. Given that alternative models were available in other countries, it was scandalous that we proceeded as we did. It reveals the mindset of certain people. I am reminded of the woman who was sent to jail in New York, who said that taxes are for small people. In this case, it seems that planning is not for big people…….
I refer again to the notion that some projects are too big for public accountability and transparency in planning. I am not making accusations that I cannot support."
photos from the Ken Saro-Wiwa Commemoration at Corrib House, Dublin today by Shell to Sea Thursday, Nov 10 2005, 8:firstname.lastname@example.orgShell batten down the hatches rather than come face to face with opponents Below is the text of the letter which representatives from Ogoni Solidarity Ireland, Afri and Shell to Sea sought to hand in to Shell's Headquarters at Corrib House today, November 10th. The letter was accompanied with a wreath in memory of Ken Saro Wiwa and the Ogoni Eight, who were executed 10 years ago today. At first Shell refused to even respond to us, but eventually they accepted the letter through the gap in the plate glass door at the side of the building.
Below please find the letter which representatives from Ogoni Solidarity Ireland, Afri and Shell to Sea sought to hand in to Shell's Headquarters at Corrib House today, November 10th. At first Shell refused to even respond to us, but eventually they accepted the letter through the gap in the plate glass door at the side of the building. -For further information please call Tadhg McGrath 0876181620-International Day of RemembranceKen Saro -Wiwa & CompanionsNovember 10th 2005 is the 10th anniversary of the death by hanging of environmental activist, and internationally renowned writer, Ken Saro - Wiwa and his eight companions:Mr.Daniel GbokooDr Barinen KlobelJohn KpuinenBaribor BeraSaturday DobeeFelix NuateNordu EawohPaul LevuraWe have gathered here today to honour and respect the high price paid by these brave men, their families and communities, in seeking to negotiate with Shell and the Nigerian Government for the environmental, human and political rights of the Ogoni people. Their vision was simple. They sought justice and a peaceful existence for all. Unfortunately Shell's views were more aligned with those of the Nigerian Military Government with regards to natural resources and the rights of indigenous peoples. Ogoni Solidarity Ireland is aware of Shell's silence as the world pleaded with the Nigerian Military Government for the lives of the 9 Ogoni men. This silence has forever tainted Shell Oil. It was both the Nigerian Military Government and the hidden collusion of Shell that martyred these visionary men of conscience. In doing so Shell has stamped the names of Ken Saro -Wiwa and his companions in annals of World History as the prophetic activists who dared to stand up and take on one of the world's biggest oil companies. 10 years later we continuesto question Shell's modus operandi with local communities both in Ireland and particularly in the developing world.We say to Shell; work with local people in a way that respects their basic human, environmental and political rights. We reiterate our support for and solidarity with the Rossport 5 and the communities in North Co Mayo who as a result of Shell's involvement in their area, have a special empathy with the ogoni people as they commemorate the 10 th anniversary of their inspirational leaders. We do not want to see the experience of the Ogoni people replicated in Rossport or anywhere else the world. Yours SincerelyOgoni Solidarity Ireland AfriShell to Sea