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Published:June 18th, 2009 13:11 EST
Protest Took Place Outside the EDO MBM/ITT Factory

Protest Took Place Outside the EDO MBM/ITT Factory

By Medyan Dairieh

A protest took place outside the EDO MBM/ITT factory in the outskirt of Brighton, in the south east of Britain. During the protest, the SMASH EDO protesters read out the names of the 1400 people killed during the Israeli bombardment of Gaza in January this year.

In January 2009 the Israeli army launched a ferocious attack on the civilian population of Gaza during which 1400 people were killed, among whom over 300 children. EDO supply components to the Israeli army and therefore according to the SMASH EDO campaigners are complicit in the massacre.

Chloe Marsh, press spokesperson for the Smash EDO campaign said "EDO MBM/ITT, and companies like them, enabled the Israeli army to carry out a murderous attack on the people of Gaza. Today, five months after the bombing, we will be reading out the names of all 1400 people who were killed outside of the bomb factory to ensure that this war crime is not forgotten."

The SMASH EDO campaign has been active against the presence of EDO MBM in Brighton since the outbreak of the Iraq war. Campaigners include students, Quakers, Palestine solidarity activists, anti-capitalists and academics and aim at expose EDO MBM and their complicity in war crimes and to remove them from Brighton.

In January 2009 during the bombing of Gaza, six people broke into the EDO factory and damaged over £300 000 worth of machinery in an attempt to stop the factory from supplying weapons to the Israeli military.