Raytheon Leave Derry but legal battles go on – Support The Raytheon 14
Posted by anti militarist on March 21, 2010
“Raytheon leave Derry! A massive victory for all the people who campaigned to drag Raytheon out of the shadows for 10 war-filled years. If you fight, you can sometimes win” Colm Bryce of The Raytheon 9
But the legal battles continue with, the Raytheon 9 women and 5 men facing criminal damage charges after they used Non Violent Direct Action to access the Raytheon Software plant in Derry, in an attempt to disarm the mainframe computer.
The action on Monday 12 January 2009, over which the 14 are now facing charges, had originally been planned by 9 women in direct response to the Israeli bombing of Gaza. The 9 women went in on the Monday morning after the Israeli bombardment continued unabated after it had dashed hopes for a cease-fire over the previous week-end.
“Our intention was to bring down the mainframe as the “Raytheon 9” had done.” Goretti Horgan, one of the 9 women, “We knew from that trial that when the Derry mainframe went down, all of Raytheon’s UK plants were knocked-out. In other words it was a really effective way of stopping the war machine, and we were determined to do the same.” But they didn’t reach the main-frame, and then barricaded themselves in until the Police gave them an undertaking that they would investigate Raytheon for complicity in war crimes.
Raytheon are the world’s largest manufacturer of missiles and the world’s fifth largest weapons manufacturer.
Until they left in February 2010 (thanks to all the action taken against them), Raytheon’s Derry software plant developed the firmware for transponders, targeting software and other crucial guidance system-related work for weapons.
Their factories globally manufacture Tomahawk Cruise missiles, Sidewinder missiles, Hellfire missiles, the “Bunker Buster” bombs, the delivery systems for Cluster bombs, White Phosphate and Napalm.
They supply human rights abusing and militarist regimes such as Israel, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Indonesia, Malaysia, Oman, Singapore, Greece, Taiwan and South Korea. Their senior staff enjoy a cosy relationship through revolving doors and lobby groups throughout the U.S. Military Industrial Complex, with all areas of state power, including the defense, foreign policy and state departments. They also unsurprisingly have extensive contracts with EDO MBM/ITT. Find out more at Indymedia Ireland or Support them on Facebook.
And if you still don’t know about the landmark Rayheon 9 case find out more at www.raytheon9.org