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(en) Canada, Ottawa, March 17th 12PM: SHUT DOWN SNC-LAVALIN!

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Date Tue, 15 Mar 2005 14:42:24 +0100 (CET)

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Join CATAPULT! on March 17, 12 noon, at the war monument (Elgin and Sparks) when
we take to the streets in a confrontation with one of the beneficiaries of the
war in Iraq: SNC-Lavalin.
Through their ammunition production subsidiary, SNC TEC, SNC-Lavalin provides
bullets to the U.S. military. Each building destroyed and each Iraqi life that
ends means better profits for SNC. SNC is also seeking reconstruction contracts
in Iraq to rebuild what their munitions destroy. CATAPULT! says it is time this
blatant war-profiteering end - we will interrupt this exploitation with direct
intervention on the streets March 17, in one of many actions targeted at Canadian imperialism.

We will march from the war monument to the offices of SNC where speakers and
street theatre will expose the connection between the Canadian corporations and
war-making. With a noisy and colourful display we will deliver a message to
those who fill the U.S. "need" for bullets and profit off the destruction that
continues, 2 years after the war in Iraq began.

What can you do?
. come out on March 17th
. deck yourself in black and green to present a united front
. bring noise makers, drums, banners, and flags to call attention to our
. bring your anger at a Canadian corporation aiding and abetting war crimes
. tell everyone you know
. keep the action going after the 17th

This action marks the beginning of a sustained campaign to call attention to
Canadian corporations that profit off of war and to the government's support
for these war-profiteers. We encourage people to undertake autonomous action
whenever possible against SNC-Lavalin and others who make money from death and

See you in the streets.

For more information go to http://www.catapultcollective.org

Community activists and organizers from Ottawa have come together to form
Catapult! This collective is organized under the People's Global Action (PGA)
hallmarks. Together with other groups who have accepted the PGA hallmarks,
including June 30th in Toronto and Block the Empire in Montreal, we plan to
extend a broad-based education and action campaign that exposes Canadian
involvement in war, (neo)colonialism, displacement, racism, privatization, the
reconfiguration of civil liberties and other forms of domination. We will map
the links between government and corporate actions and the devastation of
communities and the environment. We have chosen to "Take Down SNC-Lavalin" -
one of Canada's largest arms manufacturer and a provider of ammunition to the
American occupation in Iraq. In addition to disrupting the operation of those
who benefit from and perpetuate the existing system, we are also working to
build links between diverse activist organizations and create an effective
network to educate and mobilize our communities. We call on all groups working
for Justice to support and join our campaign against this war-profiteer.

The "Take Down SNC" Campaign is organized on the basis of the People's Global
Action (PGA) Hallmarks:

1. A very clear rejection of capitalism, imperialism and feudalism; all trade
agreements, institutions and governments that promote destructive

2. We reject all forms and systems of domination and discrimination including,
but not limited to, patriarchy, racism and religious fundamentalism of all
creeds. We embrace the full dignity of all human beings.

3. A confrontational attitude, since we do not think that lobbying can have a
major impact in such biased and undemocratic organisations, in which
transnational capital is the only real policy-maker.

4. A call to direct action and civil disobedience, support for social movements'
struggles, advocating forms of resistance which maximize respect for life and
oppressed peoples' rights, as well as the construction of local alternatives to
global capitalism.

5. An organisational philosophy based on decentralisation and autonomy.
* [Ed. Note: Catapult! is antiauthoritarian anticapitalist
of the spectrum of People's Global Action (PGA)]

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