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After Gaza: trial for 14 Raytheon accused in Derry
derry | anti-war / imperialism | news report Saturday January 09, 2010 15:22 by shane ocurry - wsm - pers cap. shaner at riseup dot net
14 Derry accused to be arraigned over action against Gaza assault.
14 Derry people are being arraigned at Derry Crown Court, this Monday, 11 January. The proceedings are to take place one day short of the anniversary of the action on 12 January 2009 during which 9 women barricaded themselves into Raytheon’s Derry plant in protest at the Israeli bombardment of the Gaza strip, during which over 1400 Palestinians, including 320 children, were killed.
Raytheon, whose premises in Derry has been the site of previous occupations and direct action protests, is one of the world’s largest manufacturers of weapons of mass destruction and a key supplier of Israeli weaponry, including the devices for deploying “white phosphorous”. In August 2006, 9 male protesters, known as the “Raytheon 9”, were charged with criminal damage after deliberately sabotaging the mainframe computer at Raytheon’s Derry offices. The action was a direct response to the Israeli Defence Forces targeting of residential apartments in Qana, Lebanon, during which 28 civilians were killed with a Raytheon “Bunker Buster” bomb. In June 2008 the “Raytheon 9” were acquited unanimously by a Belfast jury after it accepted that the action was being done in order to prevent further loss of life. In legal terms this is a legitimate defence against the charge of Criminal Damage. During the same trial, representatives from Raytheon admitted that they had continued to supply weaponry to Israel in spite of evidence that it was being used to commit war crimes.
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9 Woman Against Raytheon & 5 men;
All pled 'not guilty' to the charges which took 8 minutes to read & be responded to. Case scheduled to start Derry Crown Court on 8 March - International Women's Day!