Monday, 1 December 2008

The Lakenheath 8

Now here is an interesting story: Some local folk are being prosecuted in Ipswich this week for allegedly trying to prevent the use of cluster bombs -- in the very same week as the world looks set to ban cluster bombs (treaty-signing due on Wednesday)!
Tomorrow is the big day in court, when the accused bring in their expert witnesses.

Note also that one of these good people, Margaret Moss, allegedly did the action, despite being terminally ill.

Completely separate to the current court case, I carried out a non-violent protest IN THE HOUSE OF COMMONS CHAMBER on the issue of cluster bombs, FIVE YEARS AGO, WHICH LED TO ME temporarily STOPPING DEBATE, BEING DETAINED, and GETTING SCARRED ON MY WRIST (it's a small scar, but I can still see it...) from where the Sergeant at Arms and his men dragged me out of the Public Gallery... See a news story about this at the time, here: http://australia.icbl.org/memoranda/Memorandum%2065.pdf [See page 4].

CLUSTER BOMBS: "Who are the really serious criminals?" asks Green Party Prospective MEP [Media release]

A court case has started this morning in Ipswich and will go on this week over the next few days, to consider charges under the 'Serious and Organised Crime Act' following a demonstration at Lakenheath two years ago.
Eight protestors allegedly blockaded a compound in the base where cluster bombs were being stored, with allegations that these were ready to be dropped on conflict zones in the Middle East.
Rupert Read, Prospective Green Party MEP for Eastern Region, said
"Cluster bombs inflict injuries and deaths indiscriminately, often long after their use, which is why they are illegal under international law. It is alleged that the US military brought these bombs through local bases without permission of our Government, which then hushed-up the ensuing row.
"The British authorities appear to have over-looked the irony that this week (1) over 100 countries are meeting in Oslo to sign a Treaty outlawing possession and use of cluster bombs.
"We need to ask "Who are the really serious criminals?" when it comes to the manufacture, trading and use of horrendous weapons such as cluster bombs."

ENDS

Notes: (1) Convention on Cluster Munitions Signing Conference - To be held on 2–4 December 2008.
Heads of State, Foreign Ministers and senior government representatives from over 100 countries are gathering in Oslo to sign a worldwide ban on the use, production, transfer and stockpiling of cluster bombs. It will be the most significant humanitarian and disarmament treaty of the decade.

http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_world/view/393341/1/.html

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Now here is an interesting story: Some local folk are being prosecuted in Ipswich this week for allegedly trying to prevent the use of cluster bombs -- in the very same week as the world looks set to ban cluster bombs (treaty-signing due on Wednesday)!
Tomorrow is the big day in court, when the accused bring in their expert witnesses.

Note also that one of these good people, Margaret Moss, allegedly did the action, despite being terminally ill.

Completely separate to the current court case, I carried out a non-violent protest IN THE HOUSE OF COMMONS CHAMBER on the issue of cluster bombs, FIVE YEARS AGO, WHICH LED TO ME temporarily STOPPING DEBATE, BEING DETAINED, and GETTING SCARRED ON MY WRIST (it's a small scar, but I can still see it...) from where the Sergeant at Arms and his men dragged me out of the Public Gallery... See a news story about this at the time, here: http://australia.icbl.org/memoranda/Memorandum%2065.pdf [See page 4].

CLUSTER BOMBS: "Who are the really serious criminals?" asks Green Party Prospective MEP [Media release]

A court case has started this morning in Ipswich and will go on this week over the next few days, to consider charges under the 'Serious and Organised Crime Act' following a demonstration at Lakenheath two years ago.
Eight protestors allegedly blockaded a compound in the base where cluster bombs were being stored, with allegations that these were ready to be dropped on conflict zones in the Middle East.
Rupert Read, Prospective Green Party MEP for Eastern Region, said
"Cluster bombs inflict injuries and deaths indiscriminately, often long after their use, which is why they are illegal under international law. It is alleged that the US military brought these bombs through local bases without permission of our Government, which then hushed-up the ensuing row.
"The British authorities appear to have over-looked the irony that this week (1) over 100 countries are meeting in Oslo to sign a Treaty outlawing possession and use of cluster bombs.
"We need to ask "Who are the really serious criminals?" when it comes to the manufacture, trading and use of horrendous weapons such as cluster bombs."

ENDS

Notes: (1) Convention on Cluster Munitions Signing Conference - To be held on 2–4 December 2008.
Heads of State, Foreign Ministers and senior government representatives from over 100 countries are gathering in Oslo to sign a worldwide ban on the use, production, transfer and stockpiling of cluster bombs. It will be the most significant humanitarian and disarmament treaty of the decade.

http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_world/view/393341/1/.html
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