‘Anonymous’ weigh in over Mobuoy dumping ground

'Anonymous North West' pictured in Derry at the weekend.

'Anonymous North West' pictured in Derry at the weekend.

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A group that targeted ISIS in the wake of the Paris terrorist atrocities last year has weighed into debate over a dumping site near the Mobuoy Road.

A group calling themselves ‘Anonymous North West’ visited the site of the dump recently where they were spotted wearing iconic Guy Fawkes’ masks that have become to be the trademark of all individuals involved with ‘Anonymous’.

‘Anonymous’ is a loosely associated international network of activist and hackivist entities. A website nominally associated with the group describes it as ‘an Internet gathering’ with ‘a very loose and decentralized command structure that operates on ideas rather than directives’.

In recent months activists claiming to be part of ‘Anonymous’ have been involved in action against white supremacy group, the Ku Klux Klan as well as several violent Islamic extremist groups.

In a statement, ‘Anonymous North West’, said it will do all it can to reduce the risk of pollution in the area.

“‘Anonymous North West’ has been monitoring the situation at Mobuoy Dump now for almost three years and we feel that the current situation places inhabitants of Derry and the North West in grave danger. We can not and will not stand by and allow the destruction of the River Faughan and the greater landscape to continue,” stated the group.

“Sixty per cent of Derry’s drinking water is extracted from the river. It is estimated that there are 913,105m3 of waste that remains buried at the Mobuoy Road site. Arsenic, cadium, chromium, copper, lead, nickel and mercury are thought to be all present, as are the major ions aluminium, ion, manganese and sodium.

“‘Anonymous North West’ shares the fears of many residents of Derry and the North West that a wet winter will see this toxic waste flooding down into the Faughan creating a Tsunami of pollution. The response from the Northern Ireland Executive has been at best totally inadequate and shameful. Everyday the situation is worsening threatening our vital wildlife, Atlantic salmon populations and of course impacting negatively on the city’s drinking water quality. Water is life!”

The group said it has been left with “no choice” and has committed to cleaning up the site.

In view of all of this we have no other choice but to now with urgency commence the clean up operation ourselves with a view to forcing the authorities to treat this issue with the urgency and seriousness that it deserves; and remove without further delay all of the waste in its entirety and restore the Faughan landscape to its former glory so that it can be afforded maximum protection and enjoyed by future generations.

'Anonymous North West' pictured at the weekend.

'Anonymous North West' pictured at the weekend.

“In the interim period, we are calling on Derry City and Strabane District Council and the Northern Ireland Environment Agency to offer us direction as to how and where, we can safely dispose of the materials we have already removed and will continue to remove over the coming weeks and months,” concluded the group.