Five hammers

IssueNovember 2008
News by Josie Demuth

On 16 October, five Swedish activists (pictured above) broke into factories owned by arms manufacturers BAE Systems and Saab and used household hammer to protest against the Swedish arms trade.
Cattis Laska, 24, and Pelle Strinlund, 37, hammered on components for the BAE Systems Howitzer 77 in a factory in Karlskoga in western Sweden.
Anna Andersson, 26, and Martin Smedjeback, 35, entered a Saab Bofors Dynamics plant in Eskilstuna, and disarmed 20 Carl Gustav grenade launchers.
Later that day a fifth member of OFOG, Annika Spalde, 39, was arrested attempting to enter the Karlskoga factory.
Surprisingly, Anna, Martin and Annika were all released – and promptly broke into the Karlskoga arms factory again. All five activists are now detained pending trial.
“When your government supports an illegal war and sells arms to dictatorships, it’s time for ordinary citizens like us to take action”, said Annika Spalde.