02 July 2005

Ógra SF Shut Statoil Down

Indymedia Ireland

by Ógra Shinn Féin
Friday, Jul 1 2005, 8:19pm

Dublin Ógra Shinn Féin activists shut down the Statoil filling station on Usher's Quay, Dublin, at half six this evening. They were carrying out a solidarity protest with the Rossport Five and the local community in their struggle against Shell and Statoil.

An attempt to seize the office and shop of the filling station was repulsed so activists contented themselves with locking the shop closed and shutting down the petrol pumps.

Drivers were leafletted as they entered the station and the reasons for shutting it down were explained.

With one or two exceptions the overwhelming majority of drivers were supportive. A number of drivers expressed surprise that Statoil was involved in the pipeline with Shell and stated they wouldn't be using the company in future.

While the station Manager notified the police as the activists arrived a number of police cars that drove by during the protest made no attempt to intervene.

After keeping the station closed for just under 90 minutes the protest ended peacefully and the locks were lifted.

An Ógra Shinn Féin activist said: "Ógra Shinn Féin will continue to carry out these actions at times and places of our choosing until the five men are released and the demands of the people of Erris met.

"We know we will be joined in this by people of other parties and none who will put aside political differences to concentrate on a simple goal; shut these companies down".

I have not got much (if any!) time for OSF (or PSF) , but that was a great move : I would love to see it repeated across the State .
Well done!

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