lifted from NRK.no, google translate
As Palestinians are busy plunging knives into random Israelis, Norwegian PalCom and BDS supporters lovingly bring a piece of the Intifada to Norwegian shores. All masked up and burning tires, they blocked the entrance to weapons producer, Nammo, that among other activities, also export weapons to Israel. The CEO of the corporation was not pleased, while the Norwegian BDS supporters vow to bring more of the intifada to Norway. Get your popcorn and soft drinks ready, this is going to be an interesting show.
Campaigners burned tires in Raufoss
RAUFOSS (NRK): Protesters burned Friday morning car tires and blocked the road to the weapons manufacturer Nammo.
Intifada at RAUFOSS: protesters at Raufoss puts the spotlight on arms exports to Israel with what they call symbolic means.
With Palestinian scarf, banners and burning tires marked a dozen campaigners their opposition to what they what they claim is Norwegian direct and indirect arms trade with Israel.
Demonstrators from BDS Norway, which is part of an international network working for Palestinian rights, blocked the main entrance to the weapons manufacturer from at 0730 this morning. This prevented workers to arrive on time to work.
The protesters wanted to mark their opposition to that Nammo sell weapons to Israel through its subsidiary in the United States, although direct arms sales to Israel from Norway is prohibited.
Demonstration at Raufoss
– We are fighting against that Norwegian weapons could be used to kill Palestinian children, their mothers and their grandparents, says spokesperson Nikos Tavridis-Hansen told NRK.
– Illegal action
The police were present during the demonstration.
– This has been an illegal demonstration. We have aimed to end it, but now the protesters ended it themselves, says operations leader in Vestoppland police, Lars Olav Stepperud.
NAMMO responsive to the activist methods.
– We take a serious view of illegal actions. It creates turmoil in the workplace. We did not know who the activists were and we called the police to ensure the safety of our employees, says communications manager Sissel Solum in Nammo.
– Do you have anything further with this now?
– We’ll see what it costs to clean up. Firefighters are flushing and cleaning up the pavement now.
The demonstrators do not this this was an illegal action.
Will step up protests
BDS took action also against Nammo last August. They say the demonstration today was symbolic.
– We have had a small intifada in Raufoss today. We have illustrated a Palestinian veiblokade, says Nikos Tavridis-Hansen.
BDS say they will step up their actions whether or not the authorities change both practice and legislation so that the arms trade and collaboration with Israel ceases.
– We will send a clear message that there must be a clear change, says Tavridis-Hansen.
Nammo does not deny that its subsidiary in the US exports to Israel, and that weapons parts manufactured at Raufoss can be included in these weapons.
– We have been exporting to Israel and we will surely continue to do so in the future under the US export rules, says Sissel Solum.
As unemployment rates are going up in Norway and the oil business pretty much dead, I can’t imagine that the workers are going to put up with anything that is going to put their jobs in danger. The backlash from the locals will probably not be what the BDS had imagined…