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Smash EDO Press Release - For Immediate Release

Smashy | 26.04.2011 08:59 | Smash EDO | Anti-militarism | Palestine | Terror War | South Coast

26th April 2010

Anti Arms Trade campaigners shut down arms factory in solidarity with Gaza

For details contact Andrew Beckett or Chloe Marsh on 07526557436 or

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Early this morning three activists locked themselves to the Brighton arms
factory EDO/ITT, in solidarity with the people of Gaza.

Six Palestinians have been killed over the bank holiday weekend by Israeli
air strikes in Gaza.

EDO is currently working on contracts for supply of weapons umbilical
connectors to US firm Lockheed Martin who are incorporating them onto the
new F35 fighter plane, bound for Israel. Paul Hills, EDO, managing
director, has described the function of the connector as "to provide
coordinates to the guidance unit... on the weapon."

EDO's connector systems have already resulted in civilian deaths in
Afghanistan. In 2009 Royal Dutch Air Force F-16s, equipped with EDO's FRCS
connectors, killed 52 civilians in a bombing raid in Helmand.

Chloe Marsh, Smash EDO press spokesperson said "During the last month
Israel has intensified attacks on Gaza killing over 30 people and there
has been talks of the possibility of a second Operation Cast Lead. EDO/ITT
are as ever complicit in this slaughter, as many of these attacks have
been carried out by F16s equipped with EDO components. Through the new F35
contract, EDO are ensuring that they will continue to profit from Israel's
war crimes far into the future. By accepting these contracts, EDO show
beyond a doubt that they are not opposed to supporting Israel's military

A recently published UNICEF report confirmed that Israel's military
actions in and around Gaza still amount to a siege, with little
alleviation of the situation for civilians. The report also revealed that
Israel's siege now puts 1.9 million children at risk of early death,
injury or severe psychological harm. See

For more information see

For details contact Andrew Beckett or Chloe Marsh on 07526557436 or


The Company

EDO MBM Technologies Ltd are the sole UK subsidiary of huge U.S weapons
manufacturer EDO Corp.From their base in Moulescoombe Brighton, EDO MBM
manufacture vital parts for the Hellfire and Paveway weapons
systems,laserguided missilesused extensively in Iraq, Lebanon, Palestine
and Somalia. EDO Corp were recently acquired by ITT in a multi-billion
pound deal. ITT's links to fascism go back to the 1930s. The founder
Sosthenes Behn was the first foreign businessman received by Hitler after
his seizure of power.

The Campaign

There has been active campaign against the presence o f EDO MBM in
Brighton since the outbreak of the Iraq war.Campaigners include students,
Quakers ,Palestine solidarity activists, anti-capitalists and academics.
Despite an injunction under the protection of harassment act (which
failed) and over forty arrests the campaign is still going strong.Their
avowed aim is to expose EDO MBM and their complicity in war crimes and to
remove them from Brighton. They hold regular weekly demos outside the
Moulescoombe factory on Wednesday's between 4 and 6.


On the Verge is an independent film about the SMASH EDO Campaign �In 2004
a group of Brighton peace campaigners began to bang pot and pans outside
their local arms manufacturers EDO MBM in disgust of their part in the
Iraq war. This has grown into the Smash EDO campaign, which has cost the
company millions, been the subject of large scale police operations and
has tested the right to protest in the UK.Using activist, police and CCTV
footage plus interviews with those involved in the campaign, 'On The
Verge' tells the story of one of the most persistent and imaginative
campaigns to emerge out of the UK's anti-war movement and direct action

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Display the following 5 comments

  1. Arrests Made — Smashy
  2. Name change maybe? — Not Smashy
  3. I seem to remember... — ...
  4. To be fair.... — Diversity of tactics
  5. No name change needed — WTF