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Remembering Ken Saro-Wiwa - Shell to Sea!
Hundreds of people from all walks of life braved the Mayo weather on Saturday to witness a truly spectacular event. A mural of murdered Nigerian writer and activist Ken Saro-Wiwa was unveiled outside the planned Shell/Statoil Bellanaboy refinery.
Mural of Ken Saro-Wiwa with Irish inscriptionThe unveiling was performed by a 4 year old Ogoni boy now resident in Ireland following prayers lead by an African minister.The event, attended by Irish and African people from Cork to Donegal, commemorated the 10th anniversary of the executions of Shell protestors Ken Saro Wiwa and his 8 comrades on the 10th of November 1995. Following the unveiling of the mural, 9 Nigerial Asylum Seekers walked in procession with 9 crosses bearing the names of the 'Ogoni 9' and planted them in front of 9 hangman's ropes in bogland facing the disputed terminal. It was a chilling reminder to the community, to the country and to the multinational of what happened when these brave men peacefully objected to the destruction of the homes and land 10 years ago.Later on a party for Africans living in Ireland was hosted by Shell to Sea in nearby Glenamoy and featured African food and drink, a reggae DJ and African drumming and dance.There was a powerful energy amongst all present who knew they were taking part in an historic event that will be seen as a milestone in the ongoing battle against Shell, Statoil and their political supporters.The struggle continues and the resolve increases - it's SHELL TO SEA!
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Ken Saro-Wiwa Mural unveiled in North Mayo by Report2 - Shell to Sea Monday, Nov 14 2005, 11:25am
A giant mural of the executed Ogoni leader Ken Saro-Wima was unveiled in North Mayo last Saturday at the site of Shell’s proposed gas terminal in Ballanaboy. The unveiling took place before a large crowd of local people and Africans. The mural was blessed by an African pastor and was officially performed by a four-year-old Ogoni boy, the first Ogoni born in Ireland. Nine white crosses, commemorating the nine Ogoni activists executed in 1995, were placed facing the proposed terminal.Following the moving ceremony, a monster party was held in Healy’s in Glenamoy featuring African food and music. This was attended by a large crowd. This was a unique occasion in Ireland with an exhilarating mixing of cultures, music and language.‘The event cements the close bond that has formed between the people of North Mayo and Ogoniland’, commented AJ Cahill, one of the chief organisers of the event. ‘Both share a common struggle against Shell’s attempts to extract natural resources, attempts which have given rise to serious environmental damage and risk.’Ken Sara-Wiwa’s brother Owens Wiwa has visited North Mayo on a number of occasions and spoke at the rally in Dublin the day following the release of the Rossport Five.

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14 November 2005 - 9:14am