Sussex Police Referred to IPCC

8th July 2006

13 formal Complaints against Sussex Police by anti-arms Protesters to be referred to the Independent Police Complaints Commission

The protesters legal team want the complaints to be looked at together rather than individually, a request that can only be granted by the IPCC.

The individual complaints against Sussex police cover the unlawful attempted eviction of a Peace Camp outside the EDO MBM arms factory in August 2005, the use of Public Order Act powers on scores of occasions to arrest protesters and stop demonstrations throughout 2005, the arrest and imprisonment of a protester for allegedly breaching a high court civil injunction, and harassment of peaceful protesters.

The complaints come after EDO MBM’s attempt to obtain a blanket injunction against all known or unknown protesters dramatically collapsed in March this year.

Sarah Johnson, press spokesperson for Smash EDO, said ‘Sussex Police’s tactic over the last two years have clearly been aimed at intimidating those engaged in legitimate protest. They have worked hand in hand with EDO MBM, an arms factory guilty of war crimes under the ICC Act, to attempt to obtain an injunction contrary to the the right to protest. They have failed in this attempt due to our perseverance. We hope that their corruption will be exposed by an IPCC enquiry.’

Smash EDO demonstrate outside EDO MBM every Wednesday 4-6pm

EDO MBM Technologies Ltd are the sole UK subsidiary of huge U.S arms conglomerate EDO Corp, which was recently named No. 10 in the Forbes list of 100 fastest growing companies. They supply bomb release mechanisms to the US and UK armed forces amongstothers. They supply crucial components for Raytheon’s Paveway guided bomb system, widely used in the “Shock and Awe” campaign in Iraq.

EDO also withdrew a threatened libel action against Indymedia over being named as “warmongers”.

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