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Campaigners lock themselves to the gates of arms factory on 10th anniversary of Iraq invasion

19 March, 2013

1Campaigners have blockaded the gates of a Brighton arms factory on the tenth anniversary of the invasion of Iraq. A group of activists arrived at the EDO MBM factory at 6am and three of them affixed themselves to the gates using bicycle d-locks and superglue.

The action was held this morning to mark the tenth anniversary of the beginning of the Iraq war in 2003. EDO MBM is one of a group of companies which has supplied Paveway bombs for use in Iraq and Afghanistan. The company also manufactures a  cable, the Field Replaceable Connector System (FRCS), which is used on US planes known to carry cluster munitions.

Chloe Marsh of Smash EDO said:

“The case for war was put to people in the UK on the basis of an immediate threat from Iraqi WMD. This turned out, as expected, to be a lie. As a result, according to the Lancet, over a million Iraqi citizens have died.”

Andrew Beckett of Smash EDO said:

“We are here to commemorate those who died in the aerial bombardment of Iraq and to resist EDO ‘s continued supply of components to the US UK military.”

Another campaigner, Jessica Nero, is challenging her conviction for aggravated trespass in a Lewes appeal court today at 10:am. She will argue that EDO MBM’s business is unlawful.

To speak to the people locked on to the gates, call 07580823297

Smash EDO press 07526557436


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