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Dublin event press release

Press release - for immediate release.
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Event time: 1.30-2.30PM Thursday November 10thPlace: 52 Lower Leeson Street, Dublin 2.

Ken Saro Wiwa commemoration at Shell's Corporate HQ -Thursday November 10th.

Organised by Afri and Ogoni Solidarity Ireland in conjunction with Shell to Sea.

Peaceful vigil and laying of wreath at Shell's Corporate Headquarters, 52 Lwr Leeson Street, Dublin 2
November 10th 2005 1.30 -2.30 PM Peaceful demonstration at: Corrib House, 52 Lower Leeson Street , Dublin 2.

Wreath Laying at 2PM.

For further details contact :
Mary Dempsey Ogoni Solidarity Ireland 086 173 3963 or Tadhg McGrath Dublin Shell to Sea 087 618 1620
www.shelltosea.com
Background:

On November 10th 1995 at Port Harcourt Prison, Nigeria, Ken Saro-Wiwa, Dr. Barinen Klobel, John Kpuinen, Baribor Bera, Saturday Dobee, Felix Nuate, Nordu Eawoh, Paul Levurah and Daniel Gbokoo were executed on the orders of the Nigerian military government. These brave men had been campaigning against the environmental damage that a consortium led by Shell was causing to the Ogoni lands. Their campaign had been so successful that an internal document from Shell in early 1993 stated that the company would have to pull out of Nigeria , ''unless ruthless military operations are undertaken for smooth economic activities to commence.'' Later that year military force was used in a series of brutal attacks which left 750 Ogoni dead and 30,000 homeless. In May 1994 Saro-Wiwa was imprisoned by the military police on fabricated charges of murder - two weeks later he and the eight other activists named above were sentenced to death. Afri, Shell to Sea and Ogoni Solidarity Ireland activists will join together today to commemorate Ken Saro Wiwa and the Ogoni 8, in order to show solidarity with people all over the world who must struggle against corrupt governments and rapacious multi-national companies.

Please join us, and if you can bring along flowers, wreaths, candles etc.

Posted Date: 
5 November 2005 - 1:06pm