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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

 

Kites not Drones! International Weekend of solidarity with the people of Afghanistan

The kids flew kites whilst the adults couldn't get them off the ground!

We had an amazing drones awareness-raising day on the Level in Brighton as part of the international weekend of solidarity that has been called for by the people of Afghanistan as they celebrate New Year. Kite flying is loved in Afghanistan but was banned under the Taliban. Nowadays Afghans see UK and US drones flying in their skies.

Similar events have been held all over the UK. Here’s a report of one of them held in the US.

A sound system played Afghan folk music whilst we chatted to passers-by about the horrors of drone attacks. There was free cake and onion bhajis (cakes not cluster munitions, bhajis not bombs!) and, of course, kites to fly.

We hope that our action today will help pave the way for a new wave of resistance against arms companies in solidarity with the victims of the drone attacks.

The US and UK have used armed drones in Afghanistan for over 12 years. In the last 5 years there have been 547 UK drone strikes on Afghanistan, which is now the “drone capital” of the world. Read more in our article about drones.

This weekend was also the 11th anniversary of the 2003 invasion of Iraq. Here’s an interview with local activists Jo Wilding and Riad El-taher about the devastation caused by the invasion – see here

This anti-militarist should apply for a job at EDO...

For further reading on drones, see
Drone Wars
Campaign Against Arms Trade
Corporate Watch
War on Want
Voices for Creative Non-Violence UK
Drone Campaign Network

Fly Kites Not Drones!

International weekend of action in solidarity with the people of Afghanistan

Come and fly kites, learn about drones, eat cakes and play musical instruments this Sunday, 23rd March at 2pm at The Level in Brighton!

An international weekend of solidarity has been called for by the people of Afghanistan as they celebrate New Year. Kite flying is loved in Afghanistan but was banned under the Taliban. Nowadays Afghans see UK and US drones flying in their sky.

Afghan Peace Volunteers fly kites off a Kabul hillside

It’s been over 12 years since the invasion and occupation of Afghanistan, ironically named “Operation Enduring Freedom” by the US government. The country has been left in devastation, and there are over 3 million Afghan refugees.

The US and UK have used armed drones in Afghanistan for over 12 years. In the last 5 years there have been 547 UK drone strikes on Afghanistan, which is now the “drone capital” of the world.

What are drones?

Unmanned aerial vehicles, or drones, are aircraft either controlled by “pilots” from the ground or, increasingly, autonomously following a pre-programmed mission. They fall into two categories: those that are used for surveillance and those that are armed with missiles and bombs.

The UK-operated Predator and Reaper drones are armed with Hellfire missiles and Paveway bombs, which are remotely controlled some 5,500 miles away in RAF Waddington, near Lincoln, to attack people and buildings in Afghanistan.

Drones enable western powers to wage attacks without ever declaring war and without setting foot on enemy soil. Drone warfare allows countries such as the US or UK to attack without any risk to their own troops. Western governments hope that there will not be any public resistance to these attacks, whose nameless victims are thousands of miles away. Often drone technology enables their attacks to be secretive, such as in Yemen and Somalia, and the killings don’t make Western news headlines. And with no pilots in the skies, no-one is held accountable for murders by drones.

Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Libya, Yemen and Somalia have all suffered strikes by US or UK drones controlled from thousands of miles away. In Gaza, Palestine, Israeli surveillance drones are a daily presence in the sky and more people are now killed by drones than by any other weapon. Although ground troops have been withdrawn from Gaza, the massacres continue by using drones instead.

The connection with Brighton…

The EDO arms factory sits on Home Farm Road in Moulsecoomb, Brighton. EDO MBM have been involved in research and development of weapons systems for drones for at least a decade.Their parent company produces the bomb rack for the CIA Reaper drones used to carry out illegal assassinations, such as in Pakistan and Yemen. EDO MBM specialise in developing miniature and micro weapon systems. In 2012, one of EDO’s directors stated that “flexible responses require new approaches to the delivery of small non-traditional weapons from non-traditional airframes involved in the kill chain”. EDO also worked jointly with Raytheon Systems in the development of the Paveway bomb, which is fired from drones.

Join us in our campaign!

Smash EDO campaigns against Brighton’s arms factory and also against the whole arms trade.

For further reading on drones, see
Drone Wars
Campaign Against Arms Trade
Corporate Watch
War on Want
Voices for Creative Non-Violence UK
Drone Campaign Network

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