At 6am on the 14th December 2010 three people locked and glued themselves to the gates of EDO. Staff arrived minutes later and were forced to wait outside for Paul Hills, EDO MD, to turn up.
Hillls, for the umpteenth time, had to angle grind through his fence to get his staff in in the morning.
It seems that Paul doesn’t relish the prospect of his business dealings being scrutinised in court after his gruelling cross examination during the Decommissioners trial this Summer. After a conversation with Hillls, Police left the blockaders to it. After five hours everyone unlocked/glued and left with no arrests.
Andrew Beckett, campaign spokesperson, said “The government’s spending review made only perfunctory cuts to the defence budget. Every job in the arms trade is still massively subsidised by the state. The exports made by EDO benefit only the company CEOs. All this at the same time as the government is cutting the education and health budgets and hammering ordinary people’s pensions and benefits.”
“The arms industry makes its money through destroying the lives of civilians abroad whilst the budget cuts target the most vulnerable people here. We say that it is obvious where the budget cuts should be focused – on an arms trade that only benefits the corporations.”