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Duo try to stop missile production in Vic

AAP logoAAP 27/07/2016 By Melissa Meehan

Two Christians have chained themselves to the front gate of a Melbourne-based defence supplier in an attempt to stop it making missiles for military drones.

Activists Greg Rolles, 34, and Shane Anderson, 40, attached themselves with bike locks to the entry of Lockheed Martin's Dandenong facility on Thursday morning.

Two police officers arrived at the site just before 8am and a company security guard said staff had been made aware of the protest, Mr Rolles told AAP.

He said their Christian faith compelled them to take the "non-violent" action.

"We seek to slow down arms development and production in Australia, so that innocent people in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria and Yemen, amongst other places, can have their lives lengthened," he said.

"It's time for us all to take responsibility - it's the only way we can start working together to build a better future for our children and grand children."

On its website Lockheed Martin says it produces, among other things, the precision-strike semi-active laser-guided Hellfire II missile system that can be launched from multiple air, sea and ground platforms with "minimal collateral damage".

Lockheed Martin has been contacted for comment.

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