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Irish Times: Protests over gas pipeline

Published: Oct 09, 2006

Madam, – I am astonished at the recent statement by Joe Murray of the non-governmental organisation Afri about the protests against work on the Shell gas terminal in North Mayo.

Mr Murray says that the Irish Government should not “emulate the role of the Nigerian government during the crisis there in the 1990s, when that government colluded in the executive execution of Ken Saro-Wiwa and eight members of the Ogoni community”.

To link the execution of nine citizens in Nigeria to what is happening in north Mayo at the moment is the finest example of hyperbole I have come across in quite some time, and speaks volumes about the nature of these protests. – Yours, etc,

FERGUS BEATTY, Glen Easton, Leixlip, Co Kildare.

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