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(en) UK, Cardiff Anarchists invade arms factory 1/3/03

From Gareth Gordon <garethgordon@yahoo.com>
Date Mon, 3 Mar 2003 14:05:52 +0100 (CET)


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Gareth Gordon, Cardiff (U.K.), 3/March/03Direct action
activists from the Cardiff Anarchist Network took part in
the Campaign Against the Arms Trade?s demonstration at
the BAE Systems (U.K.'s largest arms manufacturer)
munitions factory at Glascoed, (Wales, U.K.) on Saturday,
March 1st.The group of activists were met at the rear
perimeter fence by one lone private security guard who
promised that they would be ?hurt? if they came over the
fence. Despite the rather pathetic attempt at
intimidation, eight members of the group easily scaled the
3m high fence with the help of a home-made rope ladder,
and dressed in the appropriate white overalls, proceeded
to make an inspection of the site.After splitting up into
three different groups, one pair were followed around the
woods for half an hour by the security guard and a
policeman, while another group penetrated to the centre
of the site, entering factory buildings and then locking
themselves to some doors. The most imaginative we
 apons inspector managed to evade detection for more
than an hour, running around a site that manufactures
everything from bullets to depleted uranium shells.After
the police finally succeeded in escorting all the
?inspectors? from the site, the activists returned and
proceeded to cut several large holes in the chain-link fence
that ?protects? the high security site from intruders.
Three of the group again gained entry to the site, but this
time the reaction was more aggressive. One person was
punched by a private security guard and wrestled to the
ground in a choke-hold that nearly left him unconscious.
Another of the activists was arrested and taken to
Abergavenny police station, but later released without
further action, as BAE did not wish to press
charges.Lesson? The arms trade is so ashamed of the
bloody business of death & destruction in which they deal
that they are scared even to prosecute a rag-tag bunch of
anarchist protestors for trespass and criminal damage, fear
 ing the negative publicity that it would garner them.
Lessons for us all? Don?t be scared of fences - jump ?em
and expose the dirty dealings of BAE and the arms trade
worldwide!Cardiff Anarchist Network:
http://us.geocities.com/bozavine/can/CAAT: http://
www.caat.org.uk/campaigns/site-unseen/introduction.php


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Gareth Gordon, Cardiff (U.K.), 3/March/03

Direct action activists from the Cardiff Anarchist Network
took part in the Campaign Against the Arms Trade?s
demonstration at the BAE Systems (U.K.'s largest arms
manufacturer) munitions factory at Glascoed, (Wales,
U.K.) on Saturday, March 1st.

The group of activists were met at the rear perimeter
fence by one lone private security guard who promised that
they would be ?hurt? if they came over the fence. Despite
the rather pathetic attempt at intimidation, eight
members of the group easily scaled the 3m high fence with
the help of a home-made rope ladder, and dressed in the
appropriate white overalls, proceeded to make an
inspection of the site.

After splitting up into three different groups, one pair were
followed around the woods for half an hour by the security
guard and a policeman, while another group penetrated to
the centre of the site, entering factory buildings and then
locking themselves to some doors. The most imaginative
weapons inspector managed to evade detection for more
than an hour, running around a site that manufactures
everything from bullets to depleted uranium shells.

After the police finally succeeded in escorting all the
?inspectors? from the site, the activists returned and
proceeded to cut several large holes in the chain-link fence
that ?protects? the high security site from intruders.
Three of the group again gained entry to the site, but this
time the reaction was more aggressive. One person was
punched by a private security guard and wrestled to the
ground in a choke-hold that nearly left him unconscious.
Another of the activists was arrested and taken to
Abergavenny police station, but later released without
further action, as BAE did not wish to press charges.

Lesson? The arms trade is so ashamed of the bloody
business of death & destruction in which they deal that
they are scared even to prosecute a rag-tag bunch of
anarchist protestors for trespass and criminal damage,
fearing the negative publicity that it would garner them.
Lessons for us all? Don?t be scared of fences - jump ?em
and expose the dirty dealings of BAE and the arms trade
worldwide!

Cardiff Anarchist Network: 
http://us.geocities.com/bozavine/can/

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