At 9am about 40 people showed up at a Lockheed Martin office in Nova Scotia. There are 8 people occupying the company's office, locked together with lockboxes. The main body of the crowd is in the hallway of the strip mall, at the entrance to the office. Spirits are high and chants of "The whole world is watching" could be heard in the background.
Halifax Anti-War Activists Occupy Lockheed Martin office Monday, February 17, 2003
Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada
Anti-war activists have occupied the office of Lockheed Martin, a major US weapons manufacturer. They say that Lockheed Martin is profiting off war and is being targeted because of it's involvement.
On-site reports say that at around 9am this morning, about 40 people showed up at the Lockheed Martin office in the Burnside Industrial Park, in Dartmouth just outside of Halifax. There are 8 people occupying the company's office, locked together with lockboxes. (A lockbox is an apparatus which allows people to lock their arms together, and only the people who are "locked down" can undo the latch.) The main body of the crowd is in the hallway of the strip mall, at the entrance to the office.
Just before 11 am, police were warning that anyone who did not leave the office would be arrested.
TV, radio, newspaper, and independent media are on the scene, but there was nothing on the CBC Radio News at 11 am.
By 11:30 am there have been 4 arrests so, including police-favorite Chris Arsenault, who has reportedly been arrested outside for alleged breach of release conditions, as was done to him last year (apparently under false pretenses). The others are reportedly being arrested for "Mischief" (interfering with the lawful enjoyment of property).
At present, the police are trying to figure out how to get the people out of the lockboxes, which they are calling "sleeping dragons."
Spirits are high and chants of "The whole world is watching" could be heard in the background.
One witness said "Police protect Lockheed Martin. Who protects Iraqis?"
People will be gathering to show solidarity and support at the Gottingen Street jail, where the arrestees are reportedly being taken.
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For more info on Lockheed Martin, see:
Michael Moore's Bowling for Columbine
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****UPDATE: (Feb 18)*****
Currently (Tuesday morning) there are still three people lock down in governmental oppression. Cassandra Britch, Aaron Beswick and Chris Neale have been in isolation since their arrest yesterday afternoon at the office of Lockheed Martin in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. They were part of a group of 11 demonstrator who occupied the office of Canada’s largest and most profitable war manufacture. The eight others were release yesterday after signing unconstatunal conditions of non-association with the other peopled arrested.
Chris Arsenault who was arrested for breaking his bail condition by "participating" in this demonstration was released without charge around 7pm. All of his notes from school and his address book were not give back. "They kept all my notes and I think they’re going to try to get my on conspiracy charges" said Chris as he jumped into the back of a car.
All three political prisoners are seeking to have the non-association conditions removed before they sign and are released. They occupiers were charged will mischief and their trial dates are set for mid-April. More information on the three as it becomes available.
For more information on the action, please see www.maritimes.indymedia.org