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Emergency motion on Gaza‏

6 January, 2009

Sinn Féin Councillor Gerry MacLochlainn has said that Sinn Féin will bring an emergency motion to Derry City Council today opposing the Israeli war on Gaza and will also hold a protest outside of Raytheon Building in Springtown on Thursday at 1pm to highlight the company's role in the ongoing slaughter in Gaza.

Councillor MacLochlainn stated,

"Sinn Féin are meeting with the SDLP with a view to bringing a joint emergency motion to Derry City Council today to oppose the Israeli war on Gaza.

As part of our ongoing campaign against the Israeli war in Gaza, Sinn Féin will be protesting outside the Raytheon plant in Derry to highlight that fact that technologies developed here are now being used to kill and maim innocent civilians including children in Gaza, Iraq and Afghanistan.

Sinn Féin Councillor Gerry MacLochlainn said today:

"On Thursday we will be reiterating our opposition to Raytheon using the plant in Derry for the development of military technology.

"Sinn Féin position on Raytheon has been clear from day one in that while civilian applications at the Derry plant would have been accepted we would oppose any attempt to develop military technology. Sinn Féin, jointly with the SDLP, passed a Council motion to that effect, making it clear that the welcome for Raytheon would be withdrawn if it became apparent that the Raytheon plant in Springtown was involved in military applications.

"Raytheon have now admitted that the plant in Derry is engaged in making guidance systems for guided missiles being used in Gaza and is a party to the appalling slaughter that we witness daily." ENDS

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