Thales is a French defence company which has been awarded the first contract to build the National Identity Register.
Manchester Students Against ID, the University Campaigns Collective and Manchester NO2ID will be paying a visit to Thales Information Systems' Stockport office on Monday 17th November at 2pm, to draw attention to the intrusive, expensive and useless National Identity Scheme. We will stand outside their premises, holding banners and distributing leaflets and some of those present will have whistles, drums and other forms of noise making to help draw attention - feel free to bring yours along, or not to if you don't want to.
Full details from on-the-ground organiser Dan:
We are intending as many people as possible to meet at the Student Union steps on Oxford Road at 1pm. We will then charge down to Piccadilly Station and get a train into to Stockport (about 9 minutes), walk to Stockport bus station and grab a bus (368/9) (11 minutes) and be straight there. Trains are every few minutes, busses every 15.
If you're getting there by any other means, Thales Information Systems is on Ashurst Drive, off Bird Hall Lane, in Stockport (map link). There is also an office for Thales Maritime on the same estate, so check which one you're at.
PLEASE NOTE: The police have been in contact trying to find out about the demonstration. They will use the same 'safety' argument as ever. In short, they have no rights to 'facilitate' a peaceful, law abiding protest. We do not have to ask them to express ourselves. However if ID Cards come in, then we'll be forced to do this more and more. If they are there on the day, YOU DO NOT HAVE TO GIVE THEM YOUR DETAILS. We are not doing anything law-breaky. This will be re-emphasised on the day.
Any questions, give Dan a call on 07900 111025.