Columnist arrested after arms protest

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NUJ campaigner and Belfast Telegraph columnist Eamonn McCann was one of nine anti-war activists to be arrested after storming American arms manufacturer Raytheon's Londonderry base on Thursday night last week.

McCann, 62, is a former Sunday World writer and author of the 1974 account of the Northern Ireland civil rights movement, War and an Irish Town.

McCann and the other men were forcibly removed from the building, after negotiators — who were flown in from Belfast — failed to persuade them to surrender.

They said they were reacting to the deaths of innocent civilians in Lebanon and Gaza at the hands of Israeli forces, for which they claimed the arms maker was indirectly responsible.

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