This summer’s Block the Factory demonstration drew campaigners from across the UK to protest at Israeli arms manufacturer Elbit Systems’ factory in Shenstone. But 19 people were arrested during the demonstration, charged with breaching a High Court injunction that Elbit Systems had taken out in an attempt to halt protests at the factory. Campaigners have successfully challenged the injunction, and the ban on protest at the site has been lifted.
On Friday 28th August, the 19 arrested at the Block the Factory demonstration will be appearing at Burton-on-Trent magistrates court, and are expected to plead Not Guilty to the charges. Show your support with those arrested by joining one of the solidarity demonstrations.
Join us to watch a collection of short films including Hell Unltd (1936), with guest speakers from Campaign Against Arms Trade
Saturday, September 5th, 9pm, Atlantic Way (next to the River Mersey), outside Brunswick Business Park. See the location on a map here.
The L15 film cooperative are staging a very special event- this September, we’ll be projecting an anti-arms trade film… onto an arms factory.
Hell Unltd. was made as a protest against profits in armaments during a period when fascism was growing throughout Europe. The film is political in nature but, unlike many political films of the period, also heavily experimental, mixing puppets, diagrams, animation, and archival footage at an extremely rapid tempo. Norman McLaren and Helen Biggar’s “Hell Unltd” was one of the first ever agit-prop, anti-war films. Released in 1936, it expertly combines stop motion animation and allegory to form a powerful argument against the war industry. In our screening, the silent film has been overlaid with a beautiful deep house mix by Deepchord. Read more »
Two rooftop protests and no arrests. East Kent CAAT reports on the campaign against Israeli arms manufacturer Eblit System’s factory in Broadstairs, and asks: just what does Elbit have to hide?
Last year, we found out that we had an Elbit factory on our doorstep – Instro Precision, based in Broadstairs. This year we shut it down – twice. Both times, we put four people on the roof, D-locked a neck to the main gates, draped banners down the building, turned away deliveries, leafletted the local population and alerted media outlets. The workers were told to keep away for the day – both days.
In February, they tolerated the bad publicity and loss of business. Not one of the protesters was arrested. We wondered why: it is hardly usual for blockaders to be allowed to shut a factory down.
So we thought we’d see how much Elbit and the police would tolerate.
The Stop the Arms Fair tour of the UK will be coming to Manchester on Saturday 22nd August. Join activists from across the North to find out more about the arms fair, and share ideas to take action against it!