Raytheon 9

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The Raytheon 9 are a group of anti-war activists from the Derry Anti-War Coalition who caused considerable damage to the Raytheon factory in Derry, Northern Ireland. The nine are: Colm Bryce, Gary Donnelly, Kieran Gallagher, Michael Gallagher, Sean Heaton, Jimmy Kelly, Eamonn McCann, Paddy McDaid and Eamonn O'Donnell.

Acting upon information that Raytheon missiles were actively assisting Israel's invasion of Lebanon,[1] and moreover that these missiles were being created at the Raytheon factory in Derry,[2] these nine activists forced entry into the Raytheon offices in Derry on 9 August 2006. They destroyed the computers, documents, and mainframe of the office, and proceeded to occupy it for eight hours prior to their arrest.[3][4] Raytheon itself has not issued a press release on the actions of the Raytheon 9.

Local criticism[edit]

The city's nationalist member of the British Parliament, Mark Durkan, said the protesters were jeopardizing future US corporate investment.

Trial[edit]

The activists were charged with criminal damage and affray. The trial of six of the accused[6] began May 19, 2008, in the Laganside Courts in Belfast. All but McCann were acquitted of all charges on 11 June, with McCann found guilty of the theft of two computer discs.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ The Raytheon 9: Resisting War Crimes Is Not A Crime, a pamphlet by Eamonn McCann
  2. ^ The occupiers claim that this was proved by the evidence gained from their occupation of the factory. "Raytheon's Military Work Exposed", an article by Eamonn McCann
  3. ^ ""Defence firm protesters arrested"". BBC Northern Ireland Website, 9 August 2006. 2006-08-09. Retrieved 2008-05-17. 
  4. ^ ""9 arrested over vandalism of Raytheon's Northern Ireland office"". Boston Globe, Associated Press, August 9, 2006. Retrieved 2008-05-17. [dead link]
  5. ^ News Briefs Sunday Tribune 2006-08-13.
  6. ^ Charges against the other three seem to have been dropped, but so far no reference for this has been found.
  7. ^ "Raytheon 6 cleared", Derry Journal, 11 June 2008. (accessed 2008-06-12)

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