Solidarity South Pacific was set up in 2002 to provide support to tribal, ecological and other radical struggles in the South Pacific. Our 3rd newlsetter was published in October 05 and includes news of guerilla struggle, anti-logging activities, prisoner support work, eco-revolution and a mining executive eaten by a crocodile!
in november 1995, nigerian writer and activist, ken saro-wiwa, and 8 of his colleagues were executed by the military regime for campaigning against the devastation of the niger delta by oil multi-national shell. yesterday, demonstrators dropped nine nooses infront of the shell uk headquarters on the south bank to highlight the anniversary and highlight the current struggle on the north west of ireland, where shell is set to transform a remote conservation area into an environmental disaster zone with public health and safety implications.
Some folks got together today in Aberdeen to stand with the Ogoni people in remembering Ken Saro-Wiwa and his eight Ogoni colleagues who were executed by the Nigerian state for campaigning against the devastation of the Niger Delta by oil companies, especially $hell and Chevron. $hell was in court today, Aberdeen Sheriff Court in perhaps the most important fatal accident inquiry for the industry since the Piper Alpha disaster. They have admitted that their failures led to the deaths of two workers on one of its platforms.
24th October 2005
10 peace campaigners were arrested at Rolls Royce Raynesway in Derby this morning whilst attempting to shut down the factory with a non-violent blockade. 40 activists congregated in spite of heavy rain, two section 14 orders and an extraordinarily heavy police presence. They were attempting to uphold international law by closing the factory for the day. Rolls Royce Raynesway makes the nuclear engines for Britainâ€™s illegal nuclear weapons system Trident, and is essential for its deployment.
Sep 26 2005
'Just try to move us out'
CAMPAIGNERS have mounted a sit-in to save a community centre threatened with the axe.
Liverpool's Church of England leaders claim Garston's Bankfield House is unsafe.
17th September 2005
Two insurgents have scaled a communications mast at a military fuel storage and distribution hub at Padworth Common in Berkshire and are intending to disable the mast in an effort to disrupt and prevent fuel distribution to the UKâ€™s nuclear weapons factory at Aldermaston and all United States military bases in the UK.
Offshore Europe 2005 - Oil & Gas Exhibition (Spearhead Exhibitions)
In Aberdeen on both Tuesday and Friday this week, activists from Aberdeen city and the Shire acted in coordination to show their disgust and disapproval of Offshore Europe oil and gas exhibition and Spearhead Exhibitions, who are also hosting DSEi next week.
The second weekly recycling of Oxfam's unwanted stuff grows on past success
The second week of recycling Oxfam rubbish was a successful social and recycling event. After some of the bric-a-brac was laid out on a table borrowed from the east oxford community centre, it didn't take long for people to start looking through the huge amounts of books, videos, clothes, trinkets and other paraphenalia. This week the stall lasted for nearly two hours with about half of all the contents of oxfams 3 bins full of discarded products being taken by people who were at first cautious then gradually more comfortable to start sifting through the piles and piles of great junk on offer. Some people even took the initiative and started looking for more stuff in the bins themselves, maybe after a few weeks the table won't be needed!
Finally the seeds that have been planted by people from all over Europe and the States that came over this summer to protest against the construction of a massive Dam in the highlands Iceland and an Aluminium Smelter are starting to grow.
Residents of East Oxford met in unlikely circumstances tonight when the donated items put out for rubbish collection by Oxfam were unpacked and given away on tables. No-one has yet taken responsibility for the action, but it is not believed to have originated within the NGO.