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Tuesday 12th September

BANNERS AROUND THE BEAR-PIT

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Join us for a day of solidarity hanging pro-Palestine and anti-arms trade banners around the Bear-Pit roundabout (opposite Debenhams, St James Barton Roundabout, Bristol BS1 3LT) in solidarity with the protests against the DSEI arms fair in East London.

ALL DAY 8.00am until 7.00pm. Help needed in stints throughout the day but especially during the morning and evening rush-hours for leafleting and media work.

Just turn-up and help out.

Organised by Bristol Palestine Solidarity Campaign and Bristol Against Arms Trade.

Please promote on fb HERE

Great response to this event from Green MEP Molly Scott Cato:

“I am also delighted you are doing this. I am in Strasbourg voting on your behalf including on a report from the Greens to restrict arms sales and ban them to Saudi. We’ll try to share this info via an article in 24/7. Please share with the crowd and tell them I am with them and 100% in support of what they are doing.”
Thanks
Molly

Molly Scott Cato, Green MEP for the South West region, said:

 

“DSEI is no more than a festival of violence. It has absolutely no place in a civilized society. The UK is one of the largest arms exporters in Europe and has consistently failed to comply with EU reporting obligations. In particular, billions of pounds’ worth of arms sales to Saudi Arabia, a repressive regime that routinely flouts humanitarian law, is not only immoral; it also contravenes EU rules on arms exports. It’s time for the EU to get tough on countries like the UK. We need a sanctions mechanism against member states that fail to comply with EU rules. Ultimately, we need to shut DSEI down and put our energy and investments into peacebuilding rather than exporting weapons of death.”

 

 

Banners against the Arms Fair

Saturday 26th August

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Join us 2.30-5.30pm painting banners for the “Stop Arming Israel” day and the DESI week of action. In the Yard next to the PRSC shop, Jamaica Street (off Stokes Croft) BS2 8JP. Please share on facebook

The international weapons industry will set up shop in London at a huge arms fair, DSEI. The weapons sold here fuel the death, destruction and injustice perpetrated by militaries, police forces and at borders around the world. A week of action has been called 4th – 11th September 2017 with multiple actions planned on each day. See

www.stopthearmsfair.org.uk/

Organised by Bristol Against Arms Trade

TRANSPORT FROM BRISTOL For individual day-actions public transport is probably the best option. There is also camping nearby for the whole week so join our minibus departing Sunday 3rd Sept at 10am (prompt) outside Kebele, Robertson Road, Easton BS5 6JY returning Sat 9th/Sun 10th (share fuel costs). FFI TXT Row 07711-214-168

 

STOP THE DSEI ARMS FAIR!

CAAT workshop at Hamilton House

 

80 Stokes Croft Bristol BS1 3QY

Saturday 1st July 2–5 pm

DSEI (Defence & Security Equipment International) is one of the world’s largest arms fairs. It takes place in the ExCeL centre in the Docklands area of London every two years and receives major financial, logistical and political support from the UK government.

Why stop it?

  • The weapons sold here fuel the death, destruction and injustice perpetrated by armed forces and militias around the world.
  • These companies are profiting from the death, maiming and displacement of millions of innocent people.
  • Most casualties in today’s conflicts are civilians – many of them children.
  • Arms fairs encourage governments to spend public money on militarism rather than health and education.

A huge week of action is planned to stop the set-up of London’s DSEI arms fair between 4-11 September 2017.

The workshop will show you how to turn creative action ideas into reality, and meet others keen to take action locally and travel to London to join the national demonstrations. Together, we can create an inspiring and effective week of action to shut down DSEI. It’s free to attend and you can just turn up on the day.

 

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Bristol Arms Walk – Sunday, 4th June, 2017

International Day for Innocent Children Victims of Aggression

10 am to 3 pm approx.

The walk is approximately 4.5 miles and passes close to two dozen arms companies and military organisations in just a couple of hours.

We start at the University of the West of England (UWE) Frenchay Campus and finish in Filton on Gloucester Road North. Bring a picnic lunch and we will finish at a pub for those still thirsty.

Meet us at 10 am on the centre at the bottom of Christmas Steps BS1 5BS to get 70/71 bus to UWE
or go directly to UWE Frenchay Campus for 11 am meet at bus stops.

Bristol is home to the MoD’s Defence Equipment and Support Agency (DE&S) and has one of the largest defence/aerospace sectors in Europe. Bristol companies are involved in the design and manufacture of components for missiles and fighter jets used in current conflicts such as Yemen, Iraq and Syria.

Many victims of these conflicts are children and 4th June is International Day for Innocent Children Victims of Aggression

During this walk we will be discussing what security really means and how we can create a safer world for all our children.

 

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