Victorian Students for Palestine launch campaign against BAE and Elbit Systems 22Mar13 March 21, 2013

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More than 100 people today came out to voice their opposition to RMIT University’s involvement in weapons research, and to the oppression and dispossession of the Palestinian people. The protesters marched through RMIT University chanting “free, free Palestine” carrying balloons and placards.  

The protest was organised by Students For Palestine against BAE Systems, a major sponsor of RMIT University Engineering Department as part of the international Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions campaign. It signals the start of a campaign to highlight the connection between RMIT University and the weapons manufacturer.

BAE Systems (British Aerospace Engineering) is an arms dealer which produces parts for the F-16 fighter jets the Israeli army uses to destroy Palestinian and Lebanese towns. BAE is one of the biggest arms manufacturers in the world and sells missiles, drones and nuclear weapons. It also made the shackles used to restrain prisoners in Guantanamo Bay.

RMIT University receives funding from BAE Systems and performs postgraduate research for the arms company.

This campaign calls on RMIT University to end its relationship with BAE Systems. One of the organizers, Jessica Lenehan, said: “This research is being used for genocide”. Another organizer, Yasemin Shamsili, stated “today is just the beginning, future events have already been planned.”

For more information:

Contact Yasemin on 0433 467 771
Contact Naomi on 0419 355 511!/groups/60552120358/”

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