Yesterday in Bristol, England, protesters climbed up onto the roof of a building owned by Raytheon and displayed from there a banner of protest against war. Raytheon is one of the world’s largest war profiteers, making weapons explicitly designed to help militaries kill and injure people.
Lawn darts are now outlawed as too dangerous, but weapons dealers like Raytheon aren’t even required to put a warning label on the deadly stuff they make.
The Raytheon facilities in Bristol have been the target of protest for some time now. In June this year, a group of 9 protesters were acquitted of all criminal charges related to their involvement in civil disobedience against the Raytheon weapons plant in Bristol. Similar protests, such as one against the military contractor EDO MBM in Brighton, are taking place across the UK. There will be further Bristol protest against Raytheon today as well.
Is it just me, or do these Brits have a bit more activist backbone than we Americans these days?