Target Barclays – May 1st

20 April, 2010

We will be demonstrating outside Barclays in Penzance on Mayday from 11am – 12 before the Freeshop. Come and join us.

Barclays Banks are the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) market maker for ITT Corporation. ITT Corporation own arms manufacturer, EDO MBM/ITT in Brighton. EDO manufacture equipment to interface between fighter aircraft and the bombs that were dropped in Gaza. In January 2009 Amnesty International found fragments of a MK-82 bomb, EDO MBM/ITT make components for use with this bomb and supply them to US arms companies.

By performing marker services for ITT Barclays Bank are profiting from EDO’s complicity in civilian deaths in Palestine, Afghanistan and Iraq. Barclays are the largest UK investor in the global arms trade. Bankers and institutional investors are the glue that finances the state terror wreaked by the arms trade. Companies like EDO do not operate in a vacuum but are propped up by the networks of corporations and investors which constitute the global capitalist system which puts profit before peace, greed before people.

Smash EDO


Target Barclays – Truro, March 17th

9 March, 2010

March 17th marks the national day of action against Barclays called by the Smash EDO campaign. We’ll be demonstrating outside Barclays in Truro from 12 – 2pm that day – come and join us.

Barclays Banks are the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) market maker for ITT Corporation. ITT Corporation own arms manufacturer, EDO MBM/ITT in Brighton. EDO manufacture equipment to interface between fighter aircraft and the bombs that were dropped in Gaza. In January 2009 Amnesty International found fragments of a MK-82 bomb, EDO MBM/ITT make components for use with this bomb and supply them to US arms companies.

By performing marker services for ITT Barclays Bank are profiting from EDO’s complicity in civilian deaths in Palestine, Afghanistan and Iraq. Barclays are the largest UK investor in the global arms trade. Bankers and institutional investors are the glue that finances the state terror wreaked by the arms trade. Companies like EDO do not operate in a vacuum but are propped up by the networks of corporations and investors which constitute the global capitalist system which puts profit before peace, greed before people.


Remember Gaza – 18 January 2010

4 January, 2010

On January 18th 2010, the anniversary of the final day of the Gaza War (Operation Cast Lead) we want to encourage you all to join with us and remember the people of Gaza.

For three weeks in January 2009, the bombs rained down on Gaza. At the end of Israel’s brutal bombing campaign and ground offensive over 1400 Palestinians had been murdered, including 314 children.

We will not allow those who supported their pain and profited from their suffering to go unchallenged. We will not let this genocide be forgotten.

KAN! will be demonstrating outside Falmouth Barclays on 18 January from 1o-11am.  Barclays are the ‘Market Maker‘ for the Brighton-based EDO MBM/ITT (supplier of weapons to the Israeli Army) and the largest UK investor in the arms trade.

Please join us to remember the people of Gaza

For three weeks in January 2009, the bombs rained down on Gaza. At the end of Israel’s brutal bombing campaign and ground offensive over 1400 Palestinians had been murdered, including 314 children.

Here in Brighton EDO MBM/ITT manufacture some of the weapons components that devastated so many lives. All over the world thousands of people watched appalled at the carnage on the streets of Gaza. Thousands marched and raged at the destruction of peoples’ homes and lives. On January 18th 2010, the anniversary of the final day of Operation Cast Lead, we will come together to remember the people of Gaza.

We will not allow those who supported their pain and profited from their suffering to go unchallenged. We will not let this genocide be forgotten. On the first anniversary after their deaths, we will rise up. We will take to the streets. We will remember…

Assemble at 1pm, wear black…

More details, including the meeting place, will be published here closer to the date.

How to find out the Meeting Point for the Demo

We will not be making the meeting point for the demo known until shortly before the demonstration. Watch this space to find out the meeting place. Alternatively you can sign up fto receive a text when the location is announced – email your phone number to smashedo@riseup.net or text your number to 07538093930


KAN to support “Target Barclays: Global Investors in Death”

25 November, 2009

28th November is a day of action against Barclays to launch the Target Barclays campaign.  KAN! will be holding a picket at Falmouth Barclays – please contact us for further details.

Smash EDO’s five year campaign of direct action against EDO MDM/ITT, aimed at persuading them to stop producing weapons components in Brighton, is an inspiring one, especially to local campaigners. EDO MDM/ITT is  a weapons factory whose components are used by the US and UK in Iraq and Afghanistan and Israel in Palestine.

Smash EDO’s tactics have engaged people on a local and a national level with regular noise demos and acts of sabotage at the factory  - including £300,000 of damage in a decomissioning action during the Gaza invasion – and occasional national demonstrations held either at the factory or in the centre of Brighton.  The campaign has fought large amounts of State/corporate harassment and intimidation, including EDO attempting but failing to get an injunction against  protesters.

Their new campaign asks people to take action to stop Barclays providing market maker services to ITT.  Barclays Banks are the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) market maker for ITT Corporation. ITT Corporation own EDO MBM/ITT in Brighton.

As ITT’s market maker, Barclay’s acts as a ‘middle man’, purchasing shares from a seller and holding them until such a time as a buyer becomes available. This ensures the stability of ITT’s share price by allowing shareholders to sell off their assets at any time, even when a a buyer is not immediately available, and vice versa. Barclay’s also profits from this enterprise by selling ITT’s shares at a small markup, which nevertheless generates a considerable income when spread across large sales.

For more information on ‘market makers’ click here.

Smash EDO are calling for autonomous actions against Barclays Bank to force them to stop providing ‘market maker’ services for ITT Corporation on the NYSE. By performing marker services for ITT Barclays Bank are profiting from EDO’s complicity in civilian deaths in Palestine, Afghanistan and Iraq. Barclays are the largest UK investor in the global arms trade. Bankers and institutional investors are the glue that finances the state terror wreaked by the arms trade. Companies like EDO do not operate in a vacuum but are propped up by the networks of corporations and investors which constitute the global capitalist system which puts profit before peace, greed before people.

18th January – Remember Gaza – Smash EDO Mass Demo – contact KAN for details of transport from Cornwall.

The trial for the EDO decommissioners is due to start in May 2010.  Meanwhile one defendant, Elijah Smith has been in prison for ten months on remand following the action.  Send letters and cards of support to: Elijah Smith, c/o PO Box 6, Booty, 82 Colston Street, Bristol, BS1 5BB.


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