Socialist students go to war against US defense contractor Raytheon

BU's Democratic Socialists joined the protest led by Students Against Imperialism.

Boston University students protested Raytheon's presence at a recent career fair.

Boston University's College of Engineering hosted its annual career fair earlier in February, but some students were not happy with the presence of one of the companies there recruiting would-be employees.

According to the Daily Free Press, U.S. military defense contractor Raytheon attended BU's College of Engineering annual career fair, but so did BU “Students Against Imperialism," which protested Raytheon's presence on campus. According to the leftist group, Raytheon is fueling the “humanitarian crisis” in the Middle East.

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Students Against Imperialism created a Facebook event for the protest, which indicated the demonstration was also being hosted by groups such as Young Democratic Socialists of Boston University, Boston University Students for Justice in Palestine, United Against War and Militarism, and Massachusetts Peace Action.

"Join BU Students against Imperialism and the Raytheon AntiWar Campaign as we standout against war profiteers at Boston University’s campus career fair. One of the world’s largest arms manufacturers, Raytheon is headquartered right here in Massachusetts," the Facebook event description read. 

"They’re making billions of dollars a year selling weapons of war that kill innocent civilians around the world. These weapons are being used by Saudi Arabia in the U.S.-backed War on Yemen, and will surely be used in any war with Iran. Raytheon is at this campus career fair to recruit BU’s students to work for them, attracting a new generation of engineers to design and build more implements of death. Join us as we give Raytheon a warm welcome and let students know exactly what kind of work they do," it stated.

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It's the second time in just five months that students at Boston University have protested Raytheon's presence at a campus career fair. 

Campus Reform has reached out to the student groups leading the protests in addition to Raytheon but did not receive responses in time for publication. 

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