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].
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