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Raytheon protest ‘was to save children’s lives’

An anti-war protester said she was trying to “save children’s lives” when she and eight other women held a protest at the former Raytheon Systems plant in Londonderry.

Giving evidence at Belfast Crown Court, Elizabeth Doherty (52) said the protest on January 12 last year was “all about saving lives — saving children’s lives”.

The anti-war activist, from the Little Diamond in Derry, fought back tears as she told the jury how, on the morning of the protest, she saw images of four dead children being held aloft by their father after they were killed by an Israeli missile which hit a UN school in the Gaza Strip.

Mrs Doherty is in the dock alongside eight other women. After their arrests and release, each of the women attended voluntarily to be interviewed by police, adding that during police questioning, all admitted to breaking in to Raytheon to damage the main computer server.

Yesterday, Mrs Doherty told her defence lawyer Mark Mulholland that she and the group believed that by pouring water into Raytheon's main computer server, it would have a “knock-on effect in Israel and it may well stop what was happening in Gaza”.

The trial continues.

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