27th Nov 2008
For the fifth time this year, a group of activists returned to the Brisbane offices of the giant Raytheon Corporation to resist the corporation’s war profiteering. Raytheon is the world’s largest manufacturer of guided missiles, including the infamous Cruise Missile, as well as a manufacturer of at least four types of cluster bombs.
The group had previously performed deliverance rites, or exorcisms, at the offices, and posted the walls with pictures of child victims of Raytheon weapons, as well as human blood. On two of these occasions there were arrests.
After the third exorcism, Raytheon used their vast resources of technological genius to work out how to prevent people accessing the second floor of the building without Raytheon approval. They installed a camera in the lifts and made the second floor button inactive without being switched on by Raytheon security. Today, while seven people held placards and banners in the foyer or on the footpath, four people entered the two lifts armed with posters and prayers, and pressed the floor two button and waited….. and waited…
Police were a little quicker in coming this time and arrived after about half an hour. Two people, Bernie Moloney and Jim Dowling, refused to leave the lifts and were arrested and charged with trespass. They were taken to the Wynnum watchouse and released on bail to return to court on January 19th 2009.
The group vowed to continue their resistance.