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Thursday, November 26, 1998

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  • Ken Saro-Wiwa and Nigeria

    Ken Saro-Wiwa, West African author and activist, was executed on November 10, 1995. He led a campaign against the ecological devastation that petroleum giant Shell was causing in his homeland, the oil-rich region of Nigeria called Ogoniland. The protests targeted the company’s abusive practices and even caused a partial shutdown of some of its facilities. But the Nigerian military regime, led by General Sani Abacha, launched a wave of fierce repression against the Ogoni, which led to the hanging of Ken Saro-Wiwa and eight other men on November 10, 1995, in the yard of Port Harcourt prison. [includes rush transcript]

  • Drilling and Killing: Chevron and Nigeria’s Oil Dictatorship

    Democracy Now! documents for the first time Chevron’s role in the killing of two Nigerian activists. The San Francisco-based oil company helped facilitate an attack by the feared Nigerian navy and notorious Mobile Police (MOPOL). In an interview with Democracy Now!, a company spokesperson acknowledged that on May 28, 1998, the company transported Nigerian soldiers to their Parabe oil platform and barge in the Niger Delta, which dozens of community activists had occupied. The protesters were demanding that Chevron contribute more to the development of the impoverished oil region where they live. [includes rush transcript]