January 2014

31
Jan
2014
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Putting the arms trade on trial

Putting the arms trade on trial

By Stop the Arms Fair

This February, several activists are on trial for taking action against the DSEi arms fair. The intention was to stop the arms fair from being set up by blockading roads used to transport military equipment and weaponry into the Excel Centre.

The DSEi arms fair hosted arms companies from more than 50 countries, with around 1500 exhibitors registered as selling arms, missiles, fighter aircrafts, tanks, military electronics and warships, as well as surveillance and riot control equipment. Around 30,000 buyers and sellers came from countries such as Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Bahrain, Israel, Mexico and Colombia.

Hundreds of people have come out in support of the activists on trial, leaving messages of support on the Stop the Arms Fair website.


31
Jan
2014
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Gaza: Life beneath the drones

A Hermes 450 drone - manufactured by Elbit

In the Gaza Strip there is no escape from Israel's drones. Nicknameed 'zenana' by Palestinians because of their noisy buzzing, the drones (remote control aircraft) are omnipresent. Sometimes they are there to carry out an extra judicial killing and sometimes they are there for surveillance. If you are on the ground you do not know which and you have no choice but to try to ignore them.


31
Jan
2014
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Donate to Corporate Occupation

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21
Jan
2014
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Campaigner followed from home by Counter Terror Command

A video of the incident can be viewed here or here

Here is a short testimony from the woman, who wishes to remain anonymous.


09
Jan
2014
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Sireen Khudairy Released

Yesterday we reported that Sireen Khudairy had been arrested by the Israeli military and called for her release – see here and here.

Corporate Watch just received notification from an activist who attended court that Sireen has been released. Thanks to everyone who answered the call to support Sireen. However, we would encourage everyone to remain vigilant and be ready to take further action should the harassment of Sireen continue. Sireen and her family have encountered continued harassment from the Israeli military for the past year and they may need our support again – see https://freesireen.wordpress.com/ for updates.


09
Jan
2014
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Anti-fracking defendants found not guilty as movement grows

Sireen Khudairi

Eleven anti-fracking campaigners have been found not guilty after a three day trial at Brighton Magistrate's Court.

The defendants had been arrested on the 2nd day of the protests against Cuadrilla's exploratory drilling at Balcombe last summer while sitting on or around a log which had been dragged outside the gates to the Cuadrilla site.

The protesters were approached by what one defendant described as “battalions” of police and arrested en masse. The arrests were violent, with police using pressure point techniques as they dragged people away. One man, who was drinking a cup of tea at the time the police approached was arrested for assault for spilling tea on a police officer during his arrest.


08
Jan
2014
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Take action against the arrest and harassment of Sireen Khudairy

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Corporate Watch is calling for solidarity with Sireen Khudairy, a 24 year old Palestinian teacher and supporter of non-violent activism. To read our previous article about Sireen click here.

In Summer 2013 Sireen was arrested in the West Bank, transferred to Israel and detained in Al Jalameh prison, which receives services from the British-Danish company, G4S. Sireen was arrested again at 4am on Tuesday 7th January 2014. According to reports she has been taken to Huwwara military checkpoint and later to Salem military court. This may be a precursor to further detention inside Israel.