Every year the victims of the arms trade rise from the grave and haunt the Brighton arms factory. This year they were joined by grim reapers, Satan and Abu Ghraib torture prisoners…
On Halloween, the day to remember the dead, we reminded EDO of those who are killed by components made on our doorstep. In Iraq, Afghanistan, Somalia, Libya, Palestine, Pakistan and Yemen, people have lost family members, friends, people they love, because of imperialist aims at grabbing resources and power, and because of arms companies whose interests lie in more invasions, more death, more destruction, more heartbreak.
As EDO workers left the building, they were met with chants of “blood on your hands, shame on you”.
Every bomb that is dropped, every bullet that is fired in the name of this war of terror, has to be made somewhere. And wherever that is, it can be resisted.
Every year the victims of the components made at the EDO MBM factory rise from the grave and lurch toward the Brighton arms manufacturer in search of revenge and living flesh…
We will be demonstrating again on 31st October, 4-6pm, at the EDO arms factory, Home Farm Road, Brighton. Dress in Halloween costume and bring some noise (musical instruments, pots, pans)!
Millions are killed every year in military conflict, from the more-than-a-decade occupation of Afghanistan, which has brought nothing but death and turmoil to the people of the country, to the Israeli state occupation and apartheid against the people of Palestine to the US’s covert drone attacks in Pakistan, Yemen and Somalia. Military companies are benefiting from these bloody conflicts while the net result of all this is to maintain the current status quo — global domination by a handful of capitalist states.
DSEi Arms dealers’ “charity” dinner- you couldn’t make it up!
Meet 6.30pm, Thursday September 12,
Troxy, 490 Commercial Rd, E1 OHX
Follow @DisarmDsei on Twitter for updates on the day
Whilst the US and its allies are teetering on the edge of military action in Syria, the DSEi arms fair is happy to arm either side. When it comes to world wide arm sales, it’s all about the powerful making a killing.
The UK is pouring arms into Saudi Arabia – chief sponsor of the Syrian jihadists. There will be a Saudi delegation shopping for military equipment at Excel this week, whilst Rosoboron Export, Russia’s state arms export agency which supplies weapons to Assad, will be there as well. And, if Assad was indeed the one using the chemical weapons, the fact is that the UK government also approved the sale of the necessary chemicals to the Syrian regime.
On Thursday September 12th, assorted DSEi arms dealers are gathering at the Troxy to raise money for wounded British soldiers by hosting a boxing competition by the Army Boxing Association and charity auction. We say that there’d be a lot less wounded squaddies if the arms traders stuffing their faces weren’t selling weapons to anyone who’ll buy them.
Squaddies get some sort of choice about going to war. The inhabitants of the countries where the arms are ending up don’t! In the end, the only people getting fat from the arms trade (£2500 a table anyone?) are the arms dealers themselves.
Two campaigners have been arrested after blockading the gates of a Brighton arms factory on the tenth anniversary of the invasion of Iraq. A group of activists arrived at the EDO MBM factory at 6am and three of them affixed themselves to the gates using bicycle d-locks and superglue. They were all removed after six hours.
The action was held to mark the tenth anniversary of the beginning of the Iraq war in 2003. EDO MBM is one of a group of companies which has supplied Paveway bombs for use in Iraq and Afghanistan. The company also manufactures an essential weapons system cable, the Field Replaceable Connector System (FRCS), which is used on US planes known to carry cluster munitions. EDO also provides and supports the main bomb racks for British aircraft used in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Chloe Marsh of Smash EDO said:
“The case for war was put to people in the UK on the basis of an immediate threat from Iraqi WMD. This turned out, as expected, to be a lie. As a result, according to the Lancet, over a million Iraqi citizens have died.”
Andrew Beckett of Smash EDO said:
“We are here to commemorate those who died in the aerial bombardment of Iraq and to resist EDO ‘s continued supply of components to the US UK military.”
Another campaigner, Jessica Nero, was challenging her conviction for aggravated trespass in a Lewes appeal court today, resulting from a similar action in April 2011. Her case was adjourned after the court decided two days would not be enough time to deal with the case. This was because an expert report was served by the defence containing a large file of what the defence legal team argue is evidence proving the unlawfulness of EDO’s activities.