Monday, August 17, 2009

ON THE VERGE - smash EDO documentary

EDO was an American company [with a UK-base in Brighton] which was acquired by ITT Corporation in 2007. EDO designed and manufactured products for defense, intelligence, and commercial markets, and provides related engineering and professional services. It employed 4,000 people worldwide and had revenues of $715 million in 2006. [source wikipedia]

This film is about the SmashEDO Campaign. Using activist, police and CCTV footage plus interviews with those involved in the campaign, 'On The Verge' tells the story of one of the most persistent and imaginative campaigns to emerge out of the UK's anti-war movement and direct action scene. This film shows the police measures against peaceful protests in UK and their collaboration with the criminals that, in this case, produce weapons. [quote-source google video]

"I don't feel I'm going to do anything illegal tonight, but I'm going to go into an arms factory and smash it up to the best of my ability so that it cannot actually produce munitions and these very dirty bombs that have been provided to the Israeli army so that they can kill children. The time for talking has gone too far. I'm not a writer, I'm just a person from the community and I'm deeply disgusted.” Excerpt from a Statement recorded by Elijah Smith, one of the decommissioners, before breaking in to the factory. Of the six people who took part only he is still on remand, awaiting trial in October 2009.

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