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(en) Canada, OTTAWA: a call to action from the CATAPULT! collective - APRIL 14 TAKE DOWN SNC!

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Date Tue, 12 Apr 2005 21:07:10 +0200 (CEST)


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War-profiteers are meeting April 14th & 15th at the Ottawa
Congress Centre for Canada's annual National Security Technology
Ottawa’s CATAPULT! collective calls on all people of conscience to join in a
demonstration against this showcase celebration of war, exploitation and destruction.
No profiteering from war and occupation. ----- No investment in war profiteers.
No subsidies to war profiteers.
THEY MAKE A KILLING!
Thursday, 14 April, 2005 6:30 pm meet at the war memorial (Elgin & Sparks)
march to the Congress Centre to shut down the war machine
bring noise makers, banners, flags, drums, anti-fascist friends and family!

War-profiteers are meeting April 14th & 15th at the Ottawa
Congress Centre for Canada's annual National Security Technology
Showcase (www.cdia.ca/cansec2005). Ottawa’s CATAPULT!
collective calls on all people of conscience to join in a
demonstration against this showcase celebration of war,
exploitation and destruction.

This manifestation continues the campaign against war-profiteering
initiated by CATAPULT!, in concert with Block the Empire
(Montreal) and the June 30th Coalition (Toronto). This campaign
calls for an end to the offensive and oppressive relationship that has
developed between governments and corporations who produce
technologies of war. Politically, this relationship is extremely
dangerous, but it also signals a new network of power and control
that sees profit as an ultimate measure of success. For the
war-makers and the governments who create and secure their
investments, human lives, healthy communities, and the
environment can be sacrificed in the pursuit of ever-greater profits.

On Thursday, 17 March, CATAPULT! organized a demonstration
against one of Canada’s most insidious war-profiteers –
SNC-Lavalin. Demonstrators took to the streets to denounce
SNC’s profit-driven production of munitions for the U.S.
militaries occupation of Iraq.

On Saturday, 19 March, CATAPULT! joined many other
organizations in Ottawa for the international day of solidarity with
Iraq. CATAPULT! members scaled the facade of SNC’s
Ottawa office to call attention to their exploitive practices, including
the production of munitions, the degradation of the environment,
and their destructive mining and biotech projects around the world.

SNC-Lavalin is just one of the many war-profiteers who will be
showcasing their “security and defence technology” at
CANSEC’s annual event this April. Other notable war-making
corporate citizens in attendance include: Northrop Grumman,
General Dynamics, Raytheon, and Lockheed Martin, among many
others. Lauding the capabilities of these well-known war-profiteers
explicitly indicates the hypocrisy of the Canadian government, who
claim to oppose the war in Iraq, but invest in and promote Canadian
corporations who profit from this same war. Faced with such
overwhelming hypocrisy, any person of conscience who believes
that profits should not be the result of needless human suffering
will be both frustrated and angry.

CATAPULT! calls on all those who feel that profit-driven war is
unacceptable to come out and voice their opposition with us in the
streets! Only by organizing locally in our communities can we
convert our anger over corporate greed and exploitation into livable,
sustainable and healthy arrangements where war is no longer the
cause of capitalist celebration.
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* [Ed. Note: Catapult! is antiauthoritarian anticapitalist
of the spectrum of People's Global Action (PGA)]


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