Taking Action...ShellGuilty vs Royal Dutch Shell

Target: Royal Dutch Shell Protesters: ShellGuilty Location: London and Hague Date: 19 May

Protest against Shell
Protest against Shell

The lowdown

ShellGuilty is a new coalition including Friends of the Earth, Oil Change International, PLATFORM and Remember Saro-Wiwa. Members protested outside the oil company’s AGM in the Hague and outside London’s Barbican Centre. They burnt a briefcase with the Shell logo on it to highlight the oil company's gas flaring in the Niger Delta.

Why the protest?
The group wants to stop Shell using gas flaring in the Niger Delta, a practice it believes poisons communities, emits greenhouse gases and wastes natural gas. The protest took place a week before Shell is due to go on trial in New York for alleged complicity in human rights abuses, including the 1995 hangings of prominent activist Ken Saro-Wiwa and eight other protesters in Nigeria. Shell denies it was involved.

How did Shell respond?
Shell probably had enough on its hands dealing with the volatile shareholder’s meeting taking place inside the building. The Independent, which ran two articles on the protests, did not mention a response from the firm.

How did the media cover it?
Most of the UK articles around Shell’s AGM concentrated on the shareholder protests within the building. The Guardian ran a large picture of the protest alongside a piece on the shareholders’ anger.

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