Police investigate after Extinction Rebellion Youth Cambridge members target Marshall Aerospace and Defence Group
Police have confirmed they are investigating after members of Extinction Rebellion Youth Cambridge (XRYC) vandalised Marshall Aerospace and Defence’s headquarters in Cambridge.
They threw red paint over the building and stencilled the phrase “making mass murder possible” in reference to the fact that the company works on aircraft used in conflicts around the world.
The activists said they were inspired by protests at the DSEI arms fair in London, which Marshall ADG attended.
Following last Thursday night’s protest, a police spokesperson said: “We were alerted and the local policing team is in touch with security at Marshall and will be investigating.”
A spokesperson for Marshall ADG told the Cambridge Independent: “Marshall works hard to support its customers both here in the UK and overseas and fully respects the right to peaceful protest.
“We cannot, however, condone wilful damage to property and are therefore disappointed that this group have chosen to express their views in such a way.”
An XRYC activist said: "Protests against DSEI have reminded us that arms production is deeply connected with climate injustice. The UK arms industry is responsible for millions of tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions annually, but this is poorly recorded and not included in official UK emissions statistics.
“UK-produced arms are used around the world in conflicts over resources, including fossil fuels, and to prop up exploitative regimes. Marshall - a Cambridge-based company - are complicit in this global destruction."