A noon rally outside the courthouse where the historic Wiwa v Shell trial is due to take place was well attended by international media, Niger Delta activists and concerned citizens from across America. Here you can watch a video of the rally made by volunteer Nick Gulotta. Further video footage and testimony was produced by Caitlin Clay and Masha Medvedkov from human rights group Witness. You can also view some of the recent news coverage here, and visit ShellGuilty for the latest updates on the trial.
Demonstrators called for corporate accountability, stressing that Shell’s human rights abuses in the Niger Delta continue on a daily basis. Flags and banners brought a splash of colour and to the civic buildings around Foley Square, Manhattan. Spokespeople from Amnesty International US, Friends of the Earth US, Oil Change International and PLATFORM.