by Rela Mazali
June 7, 2008
The announcement and background below concern an instance of direct action taken in Northern Ireland against an international arms producer, Raytheon, in protest against its apparent role in providing bombs to be dropped on Lebanon in the summer of 2006. Nine anti-war activists in Ireland sabotaged Raytheon computers in Derry and are now on trial in Belfast.
Despite a ban apparently prohibiting reports on the trial, activists posted information on both Indymedia UK (http://www.indymedia.org.uk/en/2008/06/400208.html) and the New Zealand site below. These items were disseminated further by anti-militarist activists from very different parts of the globe. According to the reports disseminated, the state barrister in Belfast conceded “that the nine were genuine in their belief that Raytheon were active in supplying the US and Israeli war machines in Iraq, Palestine and Lebanon and that sabotaging Raytheon’s equipment would disrupt that supply.” Accordingly, the judge found that the defendants “had acted to prevent destruction in Lebanon”.
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