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Demo for Gaza at EDO, Monday 28th, 4pm

The massacre in Gaza continues with the death toll increasing every day. Come along to demand an arms embargo on Israel and to shame the murderous business of the arms dealers.

Meet 3pm at the Cowley Club, 12 London Road, Brighton, if you want to go up to the factory together or go straight to the factory for 4pm. Bring friends, noise and rage.

Loud and angry demo at EDO against massacre in Gaza

Fifty people turned up to a noisy and angry noise demo against EDO’s complicity in the ongoing massacre in Gaza. At the time of the demo 548 Palestinians had died in Gaza since the beginning of the operation the Israeli Occupation Forces are calling ‘Protective Edge’. The numbers have increased since. Approximately 80% of the dead are civilians and 25% children, according to the Palestinian Ministry of Public Health.

Protestors at the demo hung banners, blew whistles, banged pots and pans and addressed the workers through a megaphone. As the clearly agitated workforce was leaving, exits were blocked and there were loud chants of “shame on you” from the crowd (for a short video see Protestors chanting at EDO workers during demo for Gaza).

At one point a message from a family in Gaza was read out. The Abu Zneid family lost their daughter/sister Ma’ather and her cousin Fathem when they were targeted by an Israeli drone as they tried to leave their home for safety elsewhere during operation Cast Lead in 2009.The message to EDO and other arms manufacturers came from Rida, Ma’ather’s sister who were only three metres away from her sister when she was killed. She said:

“Why should they manufacture these weapons to kill innocent people? The should stop and close those factories. They only do it for the money. They get the money and the cost our lives. They should come and live for a day in this area, with the planes and the drones. I don’t know what they would feel”. [quote given to Corporate Watch during a research trip to the Gaza Strip].

The Palestinian Boycott Divestment and Sanctions Movement has issued a callout for an immediate military embargo on Israel. To read and add your signature to the callout, click here.

 

 

Demo for Gaza, Monday 21st, 4pm at EDO

Israel’s brutal attack on Gaza is showing no sign of slowing down. As we speak around 350 Palestinians have been murdered since the beginning of operation ‘protective edge’, over 70 of them children.

Palestinians have recently published a callout for people to campaign for an arms embargo of Israel -they expect us to take action! You can add your voice to their callout here: http://www.bdsmovement.net/stoparmingisrael

Join us outside Brighton’s weapons manufacturer EDO Exelis. Let’s tell them what we think of their complicity in the massacre in Gaza!

MONDAY 21ST OF JULY, 4PM outside EDO on Home Farm Road, Brighton. If you want to walk up to the factory with others, meet us at 3pm outside the Cowley Club, 112 London Road, Brighton and we will walk up together. If not, go straight there.

Direction to the factory can be found here: http://smashedo.org.uk/whoarewe/whereisedo

Bring friends, noise and rage.

Anarchists shut down Barclays in Cardiff in protest against Exelis investments

outside Barclays
outside Barclays

outside Barclays
outside Barclays

unforeseen indeed
unforeseen indeed

all closed up
all closed up

The campaigners formed a Radical Bloc on the Trades Council-organised May Day march, breaking from the main route to take action against the bank instead of going to listen to speeches by union officials at the Trades Council’s rally.

A local anarchist and member of the Stop NATO Cymru campaign group said: “We took part in the May Day march to draw attention to the struggles of workers all over the world against exploitation and violent oppression which is exacerbated by arms producers here in the UK.

We targeted Barclays because it’s a major investor in Exelis Inc. the parent company of the EDO Corporation which is guilty of mass-producing arms to sell to oppressive regimes, exacerbating violent conflict and suppressing legitimate protest. Barclays Global Investors UK Holdings Ltd has 5,059,591 shares in Exelis and Barclays PLC has 63,071 shares.

We entered the branch after leaving the May Day march and refused to leave until we had made an impact. Within half-an-hour the management decided to close, depriving the company of a busy Saturday afternoon’s profit through direct action. We sent our message to the public by plastering the front of the building with stickers which gave details of Barclays’ guilt and sent a clear message to the company that we won’t tolerate money from our communities being used to fund war.”

The protest was organised by anarchist group Stop NATO Cymru as part of an ongoing campaign to oppose the forthcoming NATO Summit in Newport this September.

A member of Stop NATO Cymru added: “We oppose all wars between nations and see NATO, the armed wing of western capitalism, and the companies which manufacture its weapons as being two sides of the same coin. Both murder ordinary people who are forced into conflicts by their conditions and escalate situations like Ukraine’s, where two imperialistic powers are forcing their will over an innocent population, NATO being one of those powers.”

1) For more information on Stop NATO Cymru: network23.org/stopnatocymru

2) For more on opposition to the forthcoming NATO Summit:
www.radicalwales.org/2014/02/nato-in-newport-2014.html

3) For more on the May Day march:
www.facebook.com/events/564905746896026/?fref=ts

4) For more information on Exelis Inc./EDO Corp.: www.smashedo.org.uk

 

‘Bad Music’ Demo at EDO

On 30th April 2014 anti-militarists brought tone deaf voices, a sound system, harmonicas, out of tune guitars, a ukelele and an accordion to make a noise outside the EDO MBM Exelis arms factory in Brighton and call for its closure.

Model drone conducts its maiden flight outside EDO