Yesterday Thursday (17th) the defence entered the stage with Decommissioner Ornella Saibene taking the stand first- she was confident and precise in her answers during questioning and didn't falter even when provoked with prosecution twists of facts.The jury heard character references for her earlier today (Friday) that showed her to be an intelligent, conscientious and caring person. Proceedings ended with Robert Nicholls's examinations. He got off to a very good start, coming across as a compassionate, demure, educated person with high moral values. His character references reaffirmed this.
The prosecution have made references to time scale- trying to point out if the defendants felt it was an emergency that needed to be stopped as soon as possible, how come they had a meeting on Wednesday 14th January where they decided to go ahead with the action but did not implement it until Friday evening on the 16th January? Well seems pretty obvious that even a spontaneous decision cannot be carried out instantaneously, they decided to Decommission a bomb factory located in a different city not pop to the local pub! Another weak comment bandied around by the prosecution relates to the issue of publicity and how the action came about just to get some press on the situation rather than prevent a greater crime. Are they honestly trying to suggest in all seriousness that anyone aware and as well versed as these guys in the Palestinian conflict would think smashing up a bomb factory in Brighton will generate publicity that will equal or surpass in magnitude reports from Gaza at the time of Operation Cast Lead? Did the prosecution have their eyes open when the news reports from Gaza were being played in court? The only reason video statements were created by the Decommissioners where to explain the reasons behind their deeds, to cast a light on the lawfulness of their actions to those that slumber through the atrocities of war without blinking merely because it doesn't happen in their back yard.
It is becoming increasingly clear to onlookers that the Decommissioners are not rebels without a cause- in fact their cause was very lucid and honorable. As they became witnesses to Operation Cast Lead they took an action that all of us should have felt compelled to do if we could as our duty being part of the human race. Political reaction to Israel's military assault on the Gaza strip underlined total failure of democratic processes to protect those in need, to protect the weak, to save children, to save women, to save men- none of which had ever committed an act that justified their brutal annihilation. Israel seek to extinct, whilst the West seeks to fill it bottomless financial pit with more arms trade profit created by the destruction of innocent lives and the continued suffering of those that live through operations such as Cast Lead. How can not every single person that comes across realities of war crimes not want to stand up and Decommission whatever link in the chain of terror they can? That is not criminal damage, it is a necessity.
Court convenes Monday 21st from 10.30am- all are welcome to attend.
There are two benefit events in support of the Decommissioners this weekend.
*8pm, Gig: Rita Lynch (ferocious and compelling punk rock from Bristol), The Sylence, Bobby McGees, Brighton Quarrel. Benefit for the EDO decommissioners. £4 donation.
*2pm-6pm: Sunday roast £4 followed by 6-9pm Gig: WildkatZ (acoustic jam) with open bar. Smash EDO trial fundraiser. Donations.
Come show your support!