From British daily The Morning Star:
Fury as anti-Shell campaigner is hospitalised in night-time beating
Thursday 23 April 2009
ACTIVISTS opposed to a Shell pipeline project in County Mayo, Ireland, have expressed outrage after a top campaigner was badly beaten on Thursday night by at least six people in balaclavas.
Willie Corduff, a member of the Rossport Five – who were jailed for 94 days in 2005 over their opposition to the routing of the onshore pipeline through their land – was rushed to Mayo General Hospital in Castlebar.
Earlier this week, Shell decided to resume efforts to lay the offshore section of the pipeline after its environmental management plan was approved by Minister for Energy Eamon Ryan.
Mr Corduff and two other local men climbed under a lorry at midday on Wednesday in a bid to stop work at the Corrib site.
The other two men were pulled out, but Mr Corduff decided to stay under the vehicle until he had evidence that Shell had authorisation to press on with its work.
Campaigner Sean Mallory told the Star: “Willie was planning to stay there overnight.
“But at 4am, he got out to stretch his legs and was attacked by six people in balaclavas. They kneeled on his head and kicked him repeatedly.”
Gardai investigated another incident at the Corrib site yesterday in which, they say, up to 15 people wearing balaclavas and carrying tools, bars and chains vandalised the area last night.
It is not known if the two incidents are connected, but commenters on online newswire Indymedia observed that the damage to the site does not fit with the peaceful tactics favoured by the Shell to Sea campaign.
They suggested the beating of Mr Corduff indicated that both incidents are more likely to be the work of agents provocateurs.
Mr Corduff is in stable condition at Mayo General Hospital.
According to Indymedia Ireland, the balaclava thugs are Shell security.
See also here.
Rossport Representatives visit Derry: here.