Raytheon 9 Innnocent
We don't want arms manufacturers training the military with our money
Raytheon - killing children
Raytheon - delivering death
Raytheon - dealers in death
Raytheon - kills innocents
Raytheon - in the death trade
A captive audience
The demo covered the two hours from 3.30 - 5.30 pm when hundreds of workers at Raytheon and neighbouring Airbus leave for home. We set up at the end of the narrow lane leading from the factory and which joins the busy Broughton to Saltney road. As the factory traffic queued to exit this lane, there was plenty of time for workers to read the placards and banners.
We were joined by Airbus security who were there to 'protect our workers' and by two cops who obviously haven't read the new North Wales police guidelines on photography...
"If a member of the public is taking pictures of an officer in a public place and it is causing concern to the officer, it is suggested that the officer approaches him or her to ascertain as to why the pictures are being taken, asking them if necessary, not to do so. If they refuse then the officer has no remedy unless and until the pictures are published when they can be considered in the context of the actual publication."
...and were threatening to seize the cameras of anyone daring to snap them.
Some local journalists on the trail of a rumoured lorry fuel demo also stopped by.
There were reports tonight that the trial against the nine collapsed today, but early reports on the web were later removed, apparently due to a gagging order by the court. [The text reporting the trial's collapse has now been removed by author of this article].
"Today, the Raytheon 9 were acquitted on the charge of affray. The trial in relation to the remaining charges of criminal damage has been adjourned pending an appeal. The appeal is being held as quickly as possible and a gagging order in relation to the issues under appeal is in place to preserve the integrity of the trial. Just as soon as we have any further definite news, the Raytheon 9 website will be updated."