Thursday, 11 March 2010

*Irish embassy demo

In February Pat O'Donnell was sentenced to 7 months in jail for convictions of “breach of the peace” and of "obstructing a Garda". This was for his part in the local communities ongoing resistance to Shell's attempt to impose an experimental gas pipeline on them.

While fisherman Pat O’Donnell is out of Shell’s way in prison, 2010 is set to be another year of disruption for the community. Previous years have seen continued harassment and intimidation by Gardai and Shell security, as well as the unlawful arrest and targeted jailing of key campaigners. The community has been fighting this project for over a decade. They are asking for the gas to be refined at sea which is standard practice around the world. The project as it stands will endanger their health, livelihoods & local environment; all for the profit of Shell.

Across Ireland local Shell to Sea groups have been holding solidarity protests and other events for Pat. In London on the 16th March supporters in Britain will show their support for Pat & the Erris community by holding a demonstration outside the Irish embassy demanding Pat's immediate release.

Please join us if you can. There will be a card for Pat to sign & a letter to give to the embassy.

For more information see:

Please write to Pat in prison:
Pat O'Donnell
Castlerea Prison

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