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Concerned activists to protest Lockheed Martin’s role in killing civilians in Yemen.
PRESS RELEASE-FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 2, 2018
WHO: Several peace and justice groups are infuriated by the U.S. role in supporting Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirate, as these countries wage war on the people of Yemen. So the Baltimore Nonviolence Center, Peace Action Montgomery County, Prince George's Peace and Justice Coalition and Peace Action Baltimore decided to call for a protest at Lockheed Martin’s headquarters.
WHAT: Representatives from the various groups intend to speak out against this corporation’s involvement in an unconstitutional war against the people of Yemen. Protesters will include Pat Elder, a Green Party candidate for Congress opposing “Democratic Whip” Steny Hoyer. Hoyer is a supporter of arm sales to Saudi Arabia. Selling weapons to one of the most repressive regimes in the world is a recipe for disaster that has been unfolding in Yemen for several years. Thus concerned activists will speak truth to power.
WHEN: Monday, September 3 at 2 PM
WHERE: Lockheed Martin, 6801 Rockledge Drive, Bethesda, MD 20817
WHY: Below, a Yemeni child holds a fragment of a MK-82 bomb manufactured by Lockheed Martin, according to CNN, which hit a school bus on August 9 and killed 50 civilians, and wounded another sixty. Go to https://www.mintpressnews.com/bomb-yemen-school-bus-lockheed-martin/247536/, The Nuremberg Tribunals taught us that when a government or a corporation is involved in war crimes, citizens must speak out.
Prior to the protest, a number of peace and justice activists will march with Pat Elder in the annual Greenbelt Labor Day Parade from 10 AM to noon. After marching, the peace and justice advocates will travel to Bethesda to decry what Lockheed Martin weaponry is doing to one of the poorest countries in the world. A recent United Nations report drew this conclusion: “The Saudi Arabia-led coalition and allied forces, Huthi and Yemeni government aligned forces have consistently carried out unlawful attacks, restricted access to humanitarian aid, carried out widespread arbitrary detention, enforced disappearances, child recruitment and other serious violations that have and continue to inflict unimaginable suffering on Yemen’s civilian population.”
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