On Tuesday 18th December the sale of EDO Corp to ITT will be approved by a shareholder vote. If the sale goes ahead ITT will take ownershp of all EDO Corp's assets, including EDO MBM in Brighton. Residents of Brighton have been involved in trying to shut down EDO MBM for four years, we will not tolerate an arms company profiting from the illlegal war in Iraq in our city.
We urge the directors of ITT to discontinue business at EDO MBM's sites at Home Farm Road, Brighton, and Mill Road, Fishersgate.
Since 2004 EDO MBM has been the subject of hundreds of demonstrations, acts of sabotage, blockades preventing deliveries to its factories and demonstrations at the homes of its Managing Directors. EDO has received public condemnation from sections of Brighton and Hove Council and been the subject of hundreds strong marches through Brighton city centre. Its closure has been a major subject in local election campaigns. EDO MBM has spent millions of pounds attempting to stop protests outside its factories and has failed, In 2005 the directors of EDO MBM attempted to have a High Court civil injunction imposed on protesters at its Home Farm Road site, the protesters fought the injunction and won. The campaign against EDO MBM is growing and will not stop until EDO MBM has closed down.
If ITT takes over EDO MBM's business in Brighton the direct action will continue, not only against EDO MBM but also against ITT elsewhere in the UK. Again, we urge you not to continue the manufacture of weapons in Brighton. We would remind you that the lease on EDO MBM's Home Farm Road allows you to move from the site soon without incurring costs, it would be prudent to do so.