Great news, and a real victory for campaigners against the arms trade. Many thanks to all who have helped us in the campaign.... We still have members facing court cases - but it doesn't seem so daunting now that we know we have cleansed our town of this complicity with war crimes. Below, a short article which you all are welcome to make use of....
Raytheon, the third largest missile manufacturer in the world has announced it¹s leaving Derry (
The announcement came exactly a year after the third occupation of Derry¹s Raytheon office by anti-war campaigners. The campaign against Raytheon¹s location in
Anti-war and anti-arms trade campaigners said we didn¹t want our peace to be built on the massacre of people in other parts of the world. The Foyle Ethical Investment Campaign (FEIC) started the move to get Raytheon out of Derry and was joined by the Derry Anti War Coalition (DAWC) from 2003 with the start of the
The first occupation of Raytheon in April 2003 saw both campaigns come together after 62 people were killed in a
In the aftermath of the Qana massacre of 30 July 2006, the DAWC again occupied the plant, this time Œdecommissioning¹ the mainframe computer and wrecking over £350,000 worth of equipment. The nine men who were charged with burglary and criminal damage were acquitted of all charges unanimously by the jury in
Last January, nine women occupied and tried to again decommission the computer systems in the Raytheon plant, hoping to do what the Raytheon 9 did during the Israeli assault on
It seems that Raytheon has finally got the message as long as they are in Derry, the DAWC will continue to try to disrupt their complicity in war crimes everywhere in the world they ply their evil trade.
Since Raytheon announced it was leaving, the two main political parties in the town the SDLP and Sinn Fein have tried to make out that they are happy to see it go. But, for ten years now, both parties colluded with Raytheon to try to pretend that the
Said Eamonn McCann, one of those who occupied in 2006, ³the day will come when people will look at the arms trade which deals in mass murder and ask how did we allow it to operate like this in human misery just as we now ask how people tolerated the slave trade. We hope our actions in
Meanwhile, the trial of the 9 women who occupied during the
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"The master class has always declared the wars; the subject class has always fought the battles. The master class has had all to gain and nothing to lose, while the subject class has had nothing to gain and everything to lose--especially their lives." Eugene Victor Debs