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Chocolate, fish and chips, and solidarity for Vestas occupation

by Siân Ruddick, in Newport, the Isle of Wight
Issue No. 2162

Around 100 Vestas workers and their supporters gathered outside the occupied factory in the Isle of Wight tonight to hear the daily update from inside, what is happening with their redundancy payments and the most recent messages of support for their fight.

Vestas workers in Copenhagen sent a message of support. It was read out to great cheers from the protesters and the occupiers on the balcony. The Danish workers said that the factory 'should be run under workers' control as it is only workers who can plan production effectively. Our struggle is the same and internationalism will hold the struggle together.'

The musician Billy Bragg is dedicating each of his gigs on his current US tour to the Vestas workers.

During the speeches, ten activists lifted the fence that surrounds the factory around the corner from the picket. They rushed into the site with bags of food containing fish and chips, chocolate and other necessities to get to the occupiers.

To whoops of support from the crowd, they managed to throw the vast majority of the bags to the workers on the balcony before security guards stopped them. None of the activists are being held.

Hundreds of leaflets are being distributed for the protest in defence of the occupation that takes place tomorrow at 1pm in Newport's Saint Thomas Square.

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