The protests will involve a variety of different organisations, including Manchester and Warrington Quakers, Littleborough and Rochdale peace campaigners, Respect Party members and Manchester Palestine Solidarity Campaign.
Imaging components manufactured by Brimar are supplied to the armed forces of the US, UK and Israel, and are found in fighter planes, attack helicopters and tanks. Target Brimar campaigners claim that these components “were used and are still being used to commit grave war crimes and acts against humanity” in theatres of conflict such as Iraq, Afghanistan and Gaza. Their aim is to pressure Brimar into producing producing more “socially useful” products and to “provide a focus for resisting foreign wars”.
Campaign spokesperson Anna Freeman said: “Many people are surprised to find that weapons components used in illegal wars are being made right here in Manchester.
“We believe that it’s the duty of all British citizens to challenge the complicity of our government and companies in death and destruction.”
Citing recent research from Campaign Against the Arms Trade, Freeman added that “supporters of the arms trade argue that, despite the massive job losses in the sector, they provide the UK with internationally successful niches in aerospace, engineering and electronics, as well as skilled work and spin-offs beneficial to the civil sector. But the real cost has been the diversion of resources from other forms of manufacturing activity that, if provided with similar long-term government investment, could actually have generated greater employment and direct benefits to the civil economy through improved technologies and industrial processes.”
Other groups and individuals interested in joining the protest are encouraged to get in touch. For further information on events and dates visit www.targetbrimar.org.uk.