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Saro Wiwa events in London

remember saro-wiwa by rikki Thursday, Nov 10 2005, http:>mayo / http: newswire.php?topic="environment''">environment / http: newswire.php?type="newsreport''">news report report and first few pics of yesterday's anti-shell actions in london
in november 1995, nigerian writer and activist, ken saro-wiwa, and 8 of his colleagues were executed by the military regime for campaigning against the devastation of the niger delta by oil multi-national shell. yesterday, demonstrators dropped nine nooses infront of the shell uk headquarters on the south bank to highlight the anniversary and highlight the current struggle on the north west of ireland, where shell is set to transform a remote conservation area into an environmental disaster zone with public health and safety implications.

shortly after midday, climbers scaled the lampposts outside the shell hq buildings on the south bank, and dropped the nine nooses from a line between the posts. other protestors arrived with huge banners, a megaphone and leaflets, along with a tiny but noisy samba band.the action soon attracted the local security teams, a couple of overwhelmed community support officers, and then various police. police used the new 'serious organised crime act' legislation which prohibits ''unauthorised demonstrations' within an exclusion zone around parliament. at first they claimed that the protestors could not demonstrate anywhere near to the shell building, but after being shown a map of the exclusion zone, conceded that the action could continue on york road at the front of the building.they handed out many leaflets and educated passers-by of the real un-'greenwashed' reality of shell. one of the participants was terry clancey who is visiting from the irish rossport solidarity group. he will be speaking at an event at rampart in london on saturday.after a pause for some late lunch, it was off to the national gallery, where shell is currently sponsoring a rubens exhibition. visitors are charged £7.50 - £9 for entrance, but shell offer free tickets to their special guests, and have held at least two banquets in the building, surrounded by the classic art of rubens. as business men are treated to this sumptuous private exhibition, you can begin to see why shell are so keen to sponsor this kind of thing - it fits in neatly with their greenwash slogan of 'profit AND principles'. for further info:on shell generally www.corporatewatch.orgon the struggle in ireland www.shelltosea.comon shell art sponsorship protest restrictions contact the uk solidarity campaign stops_hell@yahoo.comthere will be a video of the day's protests posted later.there is a rossport irish solidarity event at rampart in london next saturday with speakers, videos and music - more info on indymedia elswhere, and i'll post more details of this with the video.
9 nooses
stop shell banner
noose sillhouhette
banner and reflection
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more pics by rikki Thursday, Nov 10 2005, 1:28am
more pics
terry clancy in london for event from rossport solidarity campaign
let me make a note
pipeline of hell
shell building
nooses down
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and some more by rikki Thursday, Nov 10 2005, 1:34am
and some more
protest at front of building (outside government exclusion zone)
tiny but loud samba
bridge banner
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last three pics by rikki Thursday, Nov 10 2005, 1:35am
these from the national gallery protest
rubens shell sponsorship
inside the exhibition foyer
later outside the building

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10 November 2005 - 9:41am