[IMC-UK-Features] Decommissioner trial feature

smashedopress at riseup.net smashedopress at riseup.net
Sun Jun 6 02:23:49 PDT 2010

The decommissioners is really starting this time...We propose this feature:

Hammer Time: The EDO Decommissioners go on trial

After a full year and a half of one defendant being on remand in prison,
numerous pre-trial hearings and several last minute postponements, the EDO
decommissioners’ court case is finally kicking off on Monday the 7th of
June 2010. With the first date taking place exactly a week after the
murderous attack on the Gaza flotilla, the world has, yet again, been
reminded of Israel’s continuous war crimes and much is at stake. A callout
for solidarity with the decommissioners during the trial has been issued (
http://www.indymedia.org.uk/en/2010/06/452655.html ) and a Remember Gaza
vigil will take place from 9am outside Hove Crown Court on the first day
of the trial (please check the Smash EDO web-site in case of Court
change). There will be an 'If I had a hammer' themed demo in support of
the decommissioners outside EDO/ITT on Wednesday 9th June between 4 and
6pm - Bring rubber and inflatable hammers. The decommissioners will be
running a political defence, arguing that their action was taken to
prevent a greater war crime. The case is scheduled to last 7-10weeks and
involves nine defendants: six decommissioners and three arrested outside
the premises.

A reminder of what happened: In the early hours of 17th January 2009,
during Israel's 'Operation Cast Lead' offensive against Gaza, six people
broke in to the EDO/ITT weapons' components factory in Moulsecoomb,
Brighton, and, allegedly, caused hundreds of thousands of pounds worth of
damage to the production line. (see
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M-281XjHw50 for the local paper's video of
some of the damage)

The six decommissioners barricaded themselves inside, and proceeded to
break computers and other equipment, with the aim of preventing the
factory from being able to produce weapons. The action stopped production
at the facility until Israel’s bombing campaign was over.

There is a history of juries finding anti-war activists not guilty when
they attack machinery used in war crimes. In 1996 four women from Trident
Ploughshares decommissioned a Hawk jet that was about to be shipped to
Indonesia – they were found not guilty. In 2008 the Raytheon 9, who
damaged a factory in Derry supplying weapons to Israel during the 2006
Lebanon war, were also unanimously acquitted by a jury.

Before entering the EDO factory the decommissioners recorded statements
detailing the reasons why they planned to take part in the action (see
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mfa8R2AxUFg). One of the decommissioners,
Elijah Smith, said "I don't feel I'm going to do anything illegal tonight,
but I'm going to go into an arms factory and smash it up to the best of my
ability so that it cannot produce munitions and these very dirty bombs
that have been provided to the Israeli army so that they can kill
children. The time for talking has gone too far. I'm not a writer, I'm
just a person from the community and I'm deeply disgusted.”

Original feature: http://www.indymedia.org.uk/en/2009/01/418834.html UK
Smash EDO Newswire Archive:
Links: www.smashedo.org.uk http://decommissioners.co.uk/

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