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International Delegation and Local Priests Support Rossport Men
Posted on 19 May 2008 by the Editor
<P align=justify>In 2007, the Global Community Monitor led an international delegation from South Africa, Holland and the USA to Rossport and witnessed the brutal behavior of the Garda towards peaceful protestors.&nbsp; The delegation issued an independent report documenting the Garda actions and the widespread feelings of residents that their community is "under siege." The report is available on the web at: <A href="http://www.gcmonitor.org/article.php?id=598">http://www.gcmonitor.org/article.php?id=598</A>.&nbsp;&nbsp; </P>
<P align=justify>Since that date the European Union and the Garda Ombudsman have confirmed the report and recommended action to change the Garda policy of non-arrest and the tactics of beating protestors.&nbsp; Recently the Irish Courts have upheld the complaints of protestors by dismissing legal actions against Ed Collins, calling the police allegations "confusing."</P>
<P align=justify>"All of this violence and struggle by the Garda at the urging of Shell is unnecessary," said Denny Larson, Director of Global Community Monitor.</P>
<P align=justify>"Had Shell chosen the right location for their pipeline and refinery, they would have full community support and this struggle would not exist." </P>
<P align=justify>Local priests are supporting the fishermen, Fathers Michael Mallen and Sean Noone have submitted a letter to the Court stating: "Having been ignored in the efforts to protect the marine ecology and fish life, the community felt their was no other option to highlighting their grievance other than public protest.&nbsp; It was for participating in that worth cause that Patrick O'Donnell, Jonathan O'Donnell and Enda Carey are charged."&nbsp;</P>
<P align=justify>Civil Servants who have worked with Pat O'Donnell have taken issue with the Garda's characterization of him as someone capable of attacking the police.&nbsp; For example, Mr. Pat Burke, former Sea Fishery Officer at the Department of Communications, Marine and Natural Resources said in a letter to the Court: "In circumstances where he disagreed, I found him to be up front, measured proportionate and helpful, avoiding incitement of others and directed toward resolution.&nbsp; In my dealings with him, I found him honest and straight forward."</P>
<P align=justify>"We've brought from South Africa our full support for these fishermen.&nbsp; We are not strangers to fighting for free speech and for the police to protect our rights instead of Shell's," said Desmond D'sa of the South Durban Community Environmental Alliance (SDCEA).&nbsp; Mr. D'sa is a neighbor of Shell's massive refinery in South Durban, which began as a small operation and has grown to be the largest on the African continent. &nbsp;</P></SPAN>
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