16 years ago today I took part in the blockade of a Shell garage in protest.
Lest we forget. Ken saro Wiwa was murdered by Shell on this day 16 years ago.
London--10 November 1995--The blood of Ken Saro-Wiwa will permanently stain the name of Shell. Ken Saro-Wiwa and eight other Ogoni were hanged morning in Port Harcourt, Nigeria.
From a Greenpeace press release in 1995
"Ken Saro-Wiwa was hanged today for speaking out against the environmental damage to the Niger Delta caused by Shell Oil through its 37 years of drilling in the region. Ken Saro Wiwa was campaigning for what Greenpeace considers the most basic of human rights: the right for clean air, land and water. His only crime was his success in bringing his cause to international attention," said Thilo Bode, Executive Director of Greenpeace International.
Greenpeace warned that any protest in the Niger Delta today, non violent or otherwise, would likely be met with military force and further massacres. Bode appealed to General Sani Abacha to let the Ogoni people voice their grief without fear of violence and further deaths.
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