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category derry | anti-war / imperialism | news report author Friday January 09, 2009 11:37author by George Row Report this post to the editors

Dawn Protest Outside the Firm that Makes the Bombs Raining Down on Gaza

A group of 70 -100 antiwar protesters staged a dawn blockade of Raytheon's Derry plant.
Early morning at Raytheon Derry: End the Bombing of Gaza.
Early morning at Raytheon Derry: End the Bombing of Gaza.

A well attended meeting of Derry Anti-War coalition earlier in the week had voted to blockade the Derry Raytheon plant.

On Friday 9th January 2009, as Israel continued to rain bombs on the people of Gaza, antiwar protesters staged a dawn blockade of Raytheon's Derry plant.

Having gathered nearby, a group of 70-100 protesters arrived at 7:30 am and blockaded the Derry Raytheon plant with banners and plackards. On the pavement in front of the entrance they re-created, with tiny coffins and blood spattered clothes, the real end products of Raytheon's technology.

There was a heavy police presence. At first they tried to force the protesters out of the way ... this was greeted with chants of "if you are being pushed sit down. if you are being pushed sit down." The outcome was an even more blocked entrance.

After negotiation with a senior PSNI officer, agreement was reached about providing a clear passage for staff from other companies who share the complex with Raytheon. Most of the workers approaching the protesters appeared happy to declare their affiliation with a company other than Raytheon.

Up until 8:45 (when I left the scene) no staff from Raytheon had tried to enter the building.

There was coverage on BBC Radio Foyle and other local media.

The protests dispersed at 10:00 am their point having been made.

Early morning in  Derry:   Raytheon Kills
Early morning in Derry: Raytheon Kills

Raytheon Military technology - made in Derry is Murdering Innocent Civilians in Gaza
Raytheon Military technology - made in Derry is Murdering Innocent Civilians in Gaza

Raytheons End Product
Raytheons End Product

End the Bombing of Gaza - guided by Raytheon systems.
End the Bombing of Gaza - guided by Raytheon systems.

 #   Title   Author   Date 
   Headcount?     Paul    Fri Jan 09, 2009 12:39 
   Nice pics     John M    Fri Jan 09, 2009 13:26 
   Fantastic     DM    Fri Jan 09, 2009 13:43 
   Three more pics (c) to Michael Gallagher     Michael Gallagher    Fri Jan 09, 2009 21:06 
   great craic     Shane    Sat Jan 10, 2009 02:46 
   The point is NOT to make a point.     Aaron Aarons    Sat Jan 10, 2009 10:28 
   Still working!     John M    Sat Jan 10, 2009 14:08 
   Stop the export of the Bush war machine     DonnieDarko    Wed Jan 14, 2009 00:16 
   GOOD for YOU     thomas jones    Sun Feb 08, 2009 20:51 


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