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Raytheon’s weapons assist in Gaza massacre

15 January, 2009


Sinn Féin Derry City Councillor Lynn Fleming, (Sinn Féin, Waterside) speaking today before a meeting of the P&R committee has said that local company Raytheon is producing electronic components for missiles such as the Pathfinder, Pathways and Sidewinders that are raining down on innocent people in Gaza.

Cllr Fleming said:

"We have made it clear that we abhor the role that Raytheon is playing in its production of electronic components for missiles such as the Pathfinder, Pathways and Sidewinders that are raining down on innocent people in Gaza.

"Raytheon is also involved in the development of the GBU -39 (Guided Bomb Unit -39 - the so called Bunker Buster) which is playing a devastating part in the massacre of innocent men, women and children. These weapons of mass destruction were delivered to Israel by the US in the immediate run-in to the present onslaught -air assault and invasion was launched within weeks of receipt.

"Raytheon has confirmed that it operates a "one company" policy which means that all their plants can be and are put to work on its entire inventory of products which flies in the face of assurances made to Council by the Company when it arrived in Derry.

"The Derry Plant has at different times been involved in the development of the JETTS and ASTOR programmes which by their distinct applications cannot be described as commercial products produced for civilian use and therefore falls foul of Derry City Council's policy position.

"That position while it may not have gone far enough to satisfy some, was nonetheless agreed between Sinn Fein, SDLP and representatives of FEIC (Foyle Ethical Investment Campaign) and the DAWC (Derry Anti-War Coalition) and adopted by Council as its position.

"Sinn Fein has its own views on the Raytheon issue and is on record both publicly and in a letter to the company in Derry to state our opposition to the development of products of military application at its Derry plant.

"If Raytheon insists on producing such products then it is not welcome here and we make no apologies for taking such a stand." ENDS

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