Lets get the week of action against the arms trade off to a flying start with a picket of the worst arms company in the world Lockheed Martin. They still manufacture anti-personnel land mines, which they flog for as little as £2 each. Across the world, landmines claim a new victim every twenty minutes, that’s more than 26,000, mostly civilian, deaths and injuries each year.
Lockheed also produce the AUP-3(M) depleted uranium missiles that have been deployed in Afghanistan and Iraq. When a DU shell explodes, it sends out contaminated dust particles small enough to be inhaled - high doses kill, low levels cause cancer. Since the last Gulf War incidences of leukaemia and Hodgkins disease in Iraq have increased tenfold, as has the proportion of babies born with birth defects, that is without heads, brains, spines and limbs.
Their UK head office is at floor 2, Berkshire House, 168 - 173 High Holborn. It is dead easy to find it is on the corner of High Holborn and Endell Street, slap bang in the centre of London. Nearest tubes Covent Garden, Holborn and Tottenham Court Road. Meet up at 12noon on Friday the 5th of September outside their offices. Bring banners, whistles, drums etc.