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Anti-War Ireland applauds action at Derry Raytheon factory

category national | anti-war / imperialism | news report author Wednesday August 09, 2006 15:55author by Fintan Lane - Anti-War Irelandauthor email info at antiwarireland dot orgauthor phone 087 1258325 Report this post to the editors

A justified protest against a vicious war machine

Anti-war protesters this morning occupied American arms manufacturer Raytheon's Derry office, with nine people barricading themselves into the building and decommissioning vital equipment including computers.

According to the anti-war activists involved, the computer system was "completely disabled". It is understood that thousands of documents and dozens of computers were burned and thrown from windows by members of a group that entered the building at 8a.m. this morning.

Among those in the premises to protest against the world's largest missiles manufacturer was veteran socialist and civil rights campaigner Eamonn McCann.

Anti-War Ireland commends the Derry anti-war activists for their action and believes that it was entirely justified.

Dr Fintan Lane, a spokesperson for Anti-War Ireland, said:

"Raytheon is an integral part of a war machine that is killing innocent men, women and children daily in places such as Iraq and Afghanistan. The brutality of war has been brought home to us again in the past few weeks by the vicious onslaught by the Israeli military on the Lebanese and Palestinian people."

Lane continued: "Direct action and civil disobedience have always been a part of the anti-war tradition. When human lives are at risk, it is entirely justifiable to take non-violent direct action to protect life. Armed groups in Northern Ireland have been implored to decommission on many occasions and this is a logical extension of that process. Raytheon has been decommissioned and we applaud those who acted in defence of human life."

"Anti-War Ireland believes that mass mobilisations, such as marches, are essential in our efforts to stop the imperial killing machines. However, we also believe in the tactical deployment of direct action and civil disobedience. What happened today was a peaceful act in pursuit of justice."

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 #   Title   Author   Date 
   disarm     cathie    Wed Aug 09, 2006 16:03 
   Congratulations on a job well done!     John Jefferies    Wed Aug 09, 2006 17:05 
   Protest Update     Shane    Wed Aug 09, 2006 17:06 
   The arms industry Ireland doesn't have is worth 26.7 million euros in direct military sales alone     anon    Wed Aug 09, 2006 20:44 
   Fantastic work     ('',)    Wed Aug 09, 2006 20:44 
   Congratulations!!     Dubsky    Wed Aug 09, 2006 22:27 
   Raytheon     Eager    Thu Aug 10, 2006 12:14 
   of derry     citizens    Thu Aug 10, 2006 12:31 
   thoughtfull     wow    Thu Aug 10, 2006 12:38 
 10   Ummm...     Josef L.    Thu Aug 10, 2006 15:40 
 11   sum of the parts.     coaler    Thu Aug 10, 2006 21:30 
 12   Raytheon had the chance     anon    Thu Aug 10, 2006 23:59 
 13   Unemployment     Common Sense    Fri Aug 11, 2006 11:53 
 14   You mean complicity     Bryan Law    Sat Aug 12, 2006 13:08 
 15   Re: Unemployment     Aaron Aarons    Mon Aug 14, 2006 02:14 
 16   There aren't lots of jobs at Raytheon Derry     GH    Mon Aug 14, 2006 08:39 
 17   Well done Anthony     MichaelY    Mon Aug 14, 2006 12:34 
 18   Balanced Argument?     Xemployee    Wed Aug 16, 2006 16:06 


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