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Smash EDO Press Release - Anti Arms Trade Campaigner plan Action Camp

smashy | 24.08.2007 09:19 | Anti-militarism | Iraq | Palestine | London | South Coast

24th August 2007
Smash EDO Press Release
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Anti arms Trade Campaigners Plan Third Protest Camp in Wild Park

Campaigners against EDO MBM, a factory manufacturing weapons for the US, UK and Israel in Mouslecoomb, Brighton, plan to hold a four day long protest camp in Wild Park from Monday 27th August. Activists from around the country are expected to attend the event and plan to take part in direct action.

This will be the third protest camp since the Smash EDO campaign was launched in 2004. Previous camps have included mass demonstrations and blockades of the factory.
Sarah Johnson, spokeswoman for Smash EDO, said ‘since the start of our campaign over 650 000 people have died as a result of the occupation of Iraq. EDO MBM continue to make a profit out of the suffering of the Iraqi people despite three years of popular protest. The Smash EDO Action Camp will be a time for people to join us and take creative action to close down the factory’.

Campaigners will hold a vigil at the entrance to Wild Park on Lewes Road, close to the entrance to Home Farm Industrial Estate where the factory is situated, on Monday at 3pm. There will be a ‘Bikes not Bombs’ critical mass’ bike ride leaving from The Level at 5.30 on Tuesday. More events and actions will be announced throughout the week.
Photos and interviews available on request

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Notes for Journalists

EDO MBM Technologies Ltd are the sole UK subsidiary of huge U.S arms conglomerate EDO Corp, which was recently named No. 10 in the Forbes list of 100 fastest growing companies. They supply bomb release mechanisms to the US and UK armed forces amongstothers. They supply crucial components for Raytheon's Paveway guided bomb system, widely used in the "Shock and Awe" campaign in Iraq .

Campaign against EDO MBM
People involved in the anti-EDO campaign include, but are not limited to: local residents, the Brighton Quakers, peace activists, anti-capitalists, Palestine Solidarity groups, human rights groups, trade unionists, academics and students. The campaign started in August 2004 with a peace camp. It's avowed aim is to expose EDO MBM and their complicity in war crimes and to remove them from Brighton.

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