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Smash EDO: Mass action July 16th and G8 convergence

Smasher | 17.06.2012 20:27 | G8 2013 | Smash EDO | Afghanistan | Anti-militarism | Palestine | South Coast | World

We would love to get you all to Brighton for the 15th and 16th of July.

On Sunday the 15th Smash EDO are hosting a convergence to start building resistance to next year's G8 which will take place in the UK, and on Monday the 16th there is a planned summer of resistance mass action where we'll need as many of you as possible.
Below are the callouts for both.

We are looking for people to act as local contacs in their area. If you would be happy to be a contact, maybe help with co-ordinating transport etc send us an email and let us know, Please pass this information on to your networks.

Let us know if you need a place to stay.

Mass-action: July 16th

On Monday, 1 pm July 16th 2012 we are calling on you to join our Citizens’ Weapons Inspection of EDO. The meeting point will be announced at a later date.

EDO MBM, a factory based in Moulsecoomb, is involved in the production of weapons components for states such as the US, UK, Saudi Arabia and Israel. These weapons help to fuel the ongoing occupations of Palestine and Afghanistan. The company also manufactures parts for Predator and Reaper unmanned fighter planes which enable the US to fight covert wars in Yemen, Somalia and Pakistan. Equipment made by the company will be used by the US or Israel, should an attack be launched on Iran.

A campaign to drive the company out of Brighton has been ongoing for the last 8 years, involving thousands of protesters. Since Mayday 2012 Smash EDO have been holding a Summer of Resistance against the factory.

Call to mobilise against the UK G8 2013: July 15th

This is a call for all of those who wish to mobilise for a MASS MOBILISATION against the G8 summit in the UK in 2013. A initial meeting will take place on SUNDAY the 15th JULY, from 11am to 6pm, at the COMMUNITY BASE centre in Brighton, hosted by people from the Smash EDO campaign.

In 2013 the UK is once again host to the G8 Summit. That means that, for the first time since 2005, the leaders of eight of the world's most powerful capitalist nations will meet in the UK.

We believe that there is an urgent need to oppose the G8, which acts as a facilitator of irresponsible greed, overwhelming inequality and ruthless exploitation of people and natural resources.

The priorities of the G8, as always, will be the protection of corporate interest, and the vast profits that are made from economic crisis as well as economic boom. It is here, at the G8 summit, that the economic, political and military objectives for the year ahead will be discussed and agreed, setting a framework for trade liberalisation (privatisation) and fiscal responsibility (spending cuts). It is here, at the G8 summit, that the policy of the US/UK and EU towards the oppression of peoples, and the militarisation of borders will be developed. It is here, at the G8 summit, that these self-appointed leaders of capitalism will act to assert their control of natural resources, no matter what the cost to people and the environment.

The fight against austerity, inequality and exploitation must be fought on all fronts but the resistance must start here, at the top, where the big decisions are taken and the key allegiances are formed. They must not be permitted to meet here unimpeded, and must be made to understand that wherever they meet, wherever they go, they will be opposed and resisted.


Please note: The meeting will operate on a NON-HIERARCHICAL basis, with a RESPECT FOR DIVERSITY OF TACTICS. As this is a planning meeting, it is NOT OPEN to JOURNALISTS or COPS, who are politely requested not to attend.

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