Companies attending today’s ‘Defence, Procurement, Research, Technology and Exportation’ Event were greeted this morning by queues trailing back along the A4174 as protesters blocked the UWE North Entrance. One gate was eventually locked and attendees forced to use other entrances. Later as they approached the building attendees were accompanied to the door of UWE’s Exhibition and Conference Centre by protesters just letting them know who would be attending the event; the likes of Raytheon (cluster bombs in Iraq, missiles in Gaza), Babcock (nuclear submarines), Chemring (teargas used in the Arab Spring) and our good friends BAE Systems. Crowds of protesters gathered at the entrance to ensure that UWE were suitably embarrassed to be holding the event and that those entering were told they weren’t welcome on the campus or in our city. Some UWE students peacefully enter arms conference and staged a die-in. They were threatened with arrest for trespassing on their own university. The protest continued around campus letting students know what was being held at their space and banners held at each entrance. Arms dealers and the likes of these companies will be greeted by the same response at future events at UWE.
Petition to stop UWE’s investment and support of the arms industry:
DEMO AGAINST THE DPRTE CONFERENCE @ FRENCHAY CAMPUS UWE
This Wednesday (20th) ‘the UK’s leading Defence Procurement Event‘ is coming to town and will be held at the Exhibition and Conference centre at UWE. Attendees of the conference include the likes of Raytheon (delivery of cluster bombs, products found in Iraq, Lebanon and Palestine), Chemring (tear gas used in the Arab Spring), Babcock (nuclear specialists) and our all time favourite BAE Systems.
We will be holding a non violent protest outside the event as delegates arrive to show they are not welcome. We will be meeting at 8am at the North Entrance to Frenchay Campus of UWE and will then move over to the exhibition centre. A map of UWE can be found here:
Please bring along pots and pans, drums, whistles and anything else to make as much NOISE as possible. Also bring banners and dress up warm!
Please spread the word too
Just over a year after the down the drones protest at the Bristol International Drones conference there is to be a national ground the drones demonstration at RAF waddington in Lincoln. The Bristol Drone conference cancelled their event this year saying that there was not enough International interest. Maybe it was something to do with the large and loud protest they had to contend with.
Last year the Bristol Drone conference claimed they were meeting to discuss civilian drones this year they are aiming to exibit at the worlds largest arms fair DSEI their website states . . .
As there will be no full Bristol International Unmanned Air Vehicle Systems Conference in 2013, Bristol Unmanned Systems Conference has been in discussions with Clarion Events about the possibilities of staging a Technology Showcase Workshop from Academia at this year’s DSEI Show in London from 9 – 13 September.
As the first global arms trade treaty was agreed at the UN, UK Ministers were in Libya – aboard a warship – promoting arms sales. BAAT warns that the global arms trade treaty will only be effective if normal people force governments, institutions and arms giants to uphold it.
On Tuesday, 2 April 2013, States had gathered at the United Nations General Assembly for the adoption of the UN Arms Trade Treaty. Prior to this day there was more legislation on exporting bananas round the world than guns. Costa Rica, the first demilitarized nation, introduced the draft resolution.
The global treaty that was finally passed is much the same as the British arms export policy, established under Tony B-liar, stating that arms cannot be sold to countries with bad records on human rights. Despite having an ethical arms trade treaty, we went to war with Iraq and what did we care about human rights as we were complicit in horrific abuses of rights one example we can’t forget is Abu Ghraib. The UK continues despite adopting the so called ethical arms trade policy, to arm repressive regimes other than itself such as human rights abusing Bahrain and Saudi Arabia to name just a two.
A block of countries refused to sign the document, these included Lebanon, and the United Arab Emirates. They especially wanted a reference in the text to the right to self-determination of peoples living under foreign occupation, and specifically cited Israel’s occupation of Palestine in this regard.
Chloe Marsh from BAAT said “It is up to small groups of committed citizens all over the world to hold governments and institutions accountable for breaches of arms export policy. Human rights are not handed out freely by oppressers, they are fought for by regular people. Arms are almost always used as a way to repress people, i won’t be happy until the arms trade treaty, makes producing weapons entirely illegal”
|Join us on 1st April!
Protest at Britain’s nuclear bomb factory, AWE Aldermaston, Berkshire.
This year on April Fools’ Day, we will be going to Aldermaston to highlight our opposition to Britain’s Trident nuclear weapons system – because that’s where the nuclear bombs are made. We’ll be saying Scrap Trident and cancel plans to replace it. We’ll be gathering around the base in our thousands with music, colour, and speeches.
|Coaches from Anchor Rd, near @bristol, 10 AM Monday 1st. £6 unwaged £12 waged. Purchase from Katz on Gloucestor Rd or Bristolcnd website to ensure you get a seat.
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