Protestors gathered today outside the General Dynamics production facility in Saco Maine, complaining that the company is supplying Israel’s “genocide” in Gaza.
“Genocide in Gaza is currently supported by General Dynamics. It supplies Israel with the artillery ammunition and bombs used to kill and maim civilians and children in Gaza–which is illegal collective punishment,” said Lisa Savage, organizer of the protest.
The protest comes in response to Israel’s war against the Hamas terrorist group in Gaza following their attacks on Israel on October 7, 2023.
This protest marks the second time that pro-Hamas protestors have targeted General Dynamics, one of the largest employers in Maine.
Many of those workers are blue-collar Mainers associated with the Local S7 labor union.
The previous protest targeted the Bath Iron Works (BIW), which is owned by General Dynamics, and builds warships.
The United States Navy has recently used warships such as those produced at the BIW to defend the Red Sea and Suez Canal against the Houthi terrorists who have been attacking commercial vessels in that area.
If the United States fails to secure Red Sea shipping lanes and commercial vessels are forced to re-route, shipping and oil costs will likely rise significantly.
While the warships at BIW have defended Israel against long-range missiles launched by the Houthis, they have not been used to directly strike targets within Palestine.
The protestors now targeting the General Dynamics facility in Saco today were speaking out against the production of mk-82 bombs and 155mm artillery shells.
Protestors claim that the 155mm artillery shells are guaranteed to be indiscriminate, and oppose their use by Israel on those grounds.
The same caliber artillery rounds are used extensively in Ukraine by both Russia and Ukraine in and around civilian population centers.
An operations manual for the General Dynamics’ Saco facility shows that its primary focus is machine guns for various purposes, not bombs or artillery shells.
The Maine Wire reached out to the Saco Maine facility to inquire about the protest, and ask whether their facility has anything to do with the production of artillery shells or mk-82 bombs.
“We have no comment, and you can contact the corporate office” said the facility.
The corporate office did not answer any of the three calls that The Maine Wire made.
It is unclear whether either Mk-82 bombs or 155mm shells are produced at the facility in Saco.