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Wind turbine factory occupation faces police repression

July 22nd, 2009 · post by Fred Goodsell · Make a comment

On July 20th 2009, workers from the Vesta factory on the Isle of Wight occupied their factory in protest at the company’s decision to close the factory.

Vestas is the only manufacturer of wind turbines in the UK. The factory’s closure would see an excess of 600 jobs lost. This follows climate change secretary Ed Milliband claiming the government’s ‘green revolution’ (haha – ed) will create 1.2 million jobs by 2020.

Around 20 workers are currently barricaded into the offices of Vestas with enough supplies to last them several days. However police and security services are stopping further people from joining the occupation or from entering the building. As well as this, police are not allowing anyone to take food or supplies to those currently in the building. Two people have been arrested outside. The first for attempting to supply food which according to police would be ‘facilitating a breach of the peace’. The second allegedly for assault.

At 12:48 today protesters were able to push through police lines and get some food to the occupation however security have since put up security fences around the building.

There is a growing presence of protesters outside the Vestas building gathering in solidarity with those inside and the support group is asking others to join.

Today also saw a solidarity protest in London, and there will be more to follow.

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