#occupyoil noon protest at nigerian commissionTagged as: blockade environmentalism ken_saro-wiwa nigeria occupyoil oil shell
as part of today's #occupyoil actions, a small group of protestors braved the freezing temperatures and held up #occupyoil logos outside the nigerian high commission in northumberland avenue. they leafletted passers-by and protested for about an hour.
the action followed on from this morning's blockade at the main belgravia shell petrol station and is part of a national day of action against shell that saw garage closures in petersborough and liverpool. there may be further actions before the day is out, so follow the occupyoil hashtag for breaking news.
with the bitterly cold conditions (for unaccustomed londoners at least), the turn-out was poor, and the protest (originally planned as a noise demo) was quite low-key. however, the anonymous-shell logo attracted interest and leaflets were handed out to passers-by and to visitors to the commission highlighting some of the issues of concern to activists.
these include shell's corrupt association with the nigerian government, and their continued destruction of the niger delta. it seems that nothing much has progressed since the murder of ken saro-wiwa and eight other delta activists 25 years ago, as amnesty international recently highlighted brutal police attacks on niger delta human rights activists.
by protesting at the commission today, activists added to the pressure on shell, and contributed to the variety of actions. the 'we are everywhere' anonymous logo is particularly resonant and reminds shell that disruption can occur at any time in protest at their rotten record in human rights, environmentalism, and climate change.
two constables were posted at the door to the commission, and a nearby van full of police kept watch, joined briefly by forward intelligence officers.
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