At a careers fair in the Academy, a number of different companies were targeted by protesters. BNFL was the target of the student group who, dressed in white radiation suits, tried to dismantle the stall telling BNFL that as Manchester was a Nuclear Free City, they would have to leave. Round the corner, other EF!ers occupied the Tarmac stall, turning it into an environmentally friendly zone, and forcing any potential recruits to talk to Tarmac outside this zone. Apparently, many of the brochures ended up in the bin where they belong - any company which destroys massive chunks of our environment, builds private prisons and the new GCHQ, deserves much worse.
Five women activists screamed, threw red vegetable dye over themselves and fell onto the floor, while others unfurled a banner, shouted and gave out leaflets. Most of those who hadn't "died" were swiftly and roughly ejected. An official told students not to worry because it wasn't real blood! The protest ended in success when the university's investment manager agreed to meet students to discuss the issue.
Four people heard about the careers seminar the previous day, and decided to let the students know what BAe is responsible for. Two came to the door holding a banner and leaflets, but were refused entry by security guards. Luckily the other two were already inside, so one woman held the door open while another explained their reasons for being there. BAe panicked and shut down the seminar - allowing the four people to discuss BAe's practices with attendees. Meanwhile about 20 people from the student Socialist Worker Party turned up to support the protest.
The seminar was eventually cancelled, after much time for exchange of views. This seems to be for a combination of reasons: more of the people present were opposed to the seminar than wanted it; the police failed to turn up, obviously having better things to do; also a video projector cable had mysteriously disappeared (not another one...). In general it was a good way to spend an evening. Let's hope BAe realise they are not wanted in Manchester.
British Aerospace Campaign (Michael on [pls use email])
Manchester Earth First (0161 226 6814)