[IMC-UK-Features] rossport feature
chris at anargeek.net
Sat Jun 27 12:40:17 PDT 2009
On Fri 26-Jun-2009 at 05:28:30PM +0000, clare wrote:
> was told to email you re feature for rossport. Its kinda
> urgent cos it might all be over in 5 days unless we get
> a load more people. If you can get it up soon that would
> be great.
Thanks for proposing a feature article, it just needs a
bit of work before it's in the style we use for feature
articles -- I think it needs a bit more background at the
start -- where is Rossport, what is the campaign opposing
etc and then it also needs some links to other articles on
the UK or other Indymedia sites or elsewhere that people
can follow to get more info.
Would you be able to do this?
Take a look at the existing middle column articles on the
site to get an idea of what I'm trying to explain.
It might be the the article you submitted would be best
posted to the newswire (ideally with a photo or two) and
then linked from the feature article.
The feature article need only be one or two paragraphs
with hyperlinks for people to follow to the more
This old guide might help:
> Stop the Solitiare!
> The Solitaire arrived at midnight last night in
> Broadhaven Bay. There are 300 gardai in the area, two
> navy gun boats, cop helicopters & countless security &
> gardai boats. Despite all this yesterday saw determined
> fishermen & kayakers taking to the high seas to attempt
> to stop the ship.
> In a reprise of last year's repeated arrests on the
> waters of Broadhaven Bay, Shell's Gardai arrested Pat
> 'the Chief' O'Donnell and his son Jonathan while they
> were fishing in Broadhaven Bay yesterday morning. Their
> two boats were commandeered by Gardai and brought to
> Ballyglass pier under tow and naval escort. Gardai claim
> that the two boats were 'loitering', the new term for
> criminalising fishermen exercising their rights to fish
> in their native waters.
> The preventative detention of O'Donnell and his father
> Pat, appears to be motivated by a government plan to
> shut down all protests against the Solitaire as it
> prepares to lay 84km of pipeline to advance the ill
> fated and unwanted Corrib gas project. Jonathan
> O'Donnell, spent last night in Castlerea prison
> following his arrest. Pat was also injured by Gardai,
> and sent to hospital, from where he has since been
> Meanwhile Jonathan and Pat O'Donnell's boats remain
> impounded by Gardai as dozens of people arrived in the
> area to join local protestors launching a weekend of
> action to prevent the Solitaire's disastrous mission.
> Five kayakers breached the Solitaire's unilaterally
> declared 500 metre exclusion zone yesterday evening
> (Thursday) in a daring offshore action. Despite the
> presence of Navy warships, Garda water units and private
> security vessels in Erris waters, the determined fishing
> boat approached the vessel. The kayakers launched from
> the boat & made directly for the Solitaire, dodging
> Shell and safety boats, and came within 100 metres of
> the pipelaying ship which immediately left the area,
> roughly ten miles off the Mayo Coast.
> Finally at midnight the Solitiare came in to the bay.
> Shell To Sea spokesperson Maura Harrington praised the
> courage of the crew, saying, “it is actions like this
> which show that a small group of determined individuals
> can challenge corporate power and prevent Shell from
> bulldozing its way through a rural community."
> 5 kayakers came within 100 metres, just think what 50
> kayakers could do! The time is now, come over to erris;
> leave tonight & you'll be at camp by midday tomorrow!
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