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Brighton demo against EDO

by Manus McGrogan
Issue No. 1956

About 200 people marched through Brighton on Saturday last week to protest over the presence of weapon systems manufacturer EDO in the city.

The campaign to kick EDO out of Brighton has stepped up in recent weeks following the company’s use of a high court injunction to restrict the movements of anti-war protesters near the plant.

Last week police attacked a peaceful protest outside the factory. They arrested people who would not step off an empty road onto a grass verge, which borders an open 60 foot drop onto a railway line. Police also wrestled an 80 year old man to the ground.

Saturday’s demonstration — which was also unfairly and heavily policed — ended outside Brighton’s John Street police station. Demonstrators called for the superintendent to investigate EDO for war crimes, listing the names of Iraqi civilians killed by US fighter aircraft known to carry EDO products.

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Sat 18 Jun 2005, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 1956
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