To be watched, inspected, spied upon - Shell's law in Erris

Shell to Sea campaigner Naoise Ó Mongáin asking Garda to stop videotaping his grand daughter during a protest at Shell's refinery on Saturday.

 

This protest marked the end of a week of action against Shell's experimental high pressure gas pipeline. The Sunday Independent calims that 150,000 euro worth of damage was done to the equipment & spy cameras Shell are using to impose the project on the community on one day of these actions alone.

WSM members were present for the protests throughout the week posting updates to our Facebook page and our Twitter account as well as writing the articles below

Title for this article from Pierre-Joseph Proudhon
“To be GOVERNED is to be watched, inspected, spied upon, directed, law-driven, numbered, regulated, enrolled, indoctrinated, preached at, controlled, checked, estimated, valued, censured, commanded, by creatures who have neither the right nor the wisdom nor the virtue to do so. To be GOVERNED is to be at every operation, at every transaction noted, registered, counted, taxed, stamped, measured, numbered, assessed, licensed, authorized, admonished, prevented, forbidden, reformed, corrected, punished. It is, under pretext of public utility, and in the name of the general interest, to be place under contribution, drilled, fleeced, exploited, monopolized, extorted from, squeezed, hoaxed, robbed; then, at the slightest resistance, the first word of complaint, to be repressed, fined, vilified, harassed, hunted down, abused, clubbed, disarmed, bound, choked, imprisoned, judged, condemned, shot, deported, sacrificed, sold, betrayed; and to crown all, mocked, ridiculed, derided, outraged, dishonored. That is government; that is its justice; that is its morality."
General Idea of the Revolution in the Nineteenth Century, translated by John Beverly Robinson (London: Freedom Press, 1923), pp. 293-294.

For our extensive collection of articles covering the struggle against the Great Oil & Gas Giveaway and Shell's experimental pipeline see http://www.wsm.ie/rossport

PHOTO & WORDS: Andrew Flood (follow Andrew on Twitter)

  


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