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ARMS FAIR DEMO AT FARNBOROUGH

28 February, 2019

dsei-2017-staf-jess-hurdcampaigners plan to chase the DPRTE arms fair to farnborough. If you would like to join us on a coach. Please send e-mail to bristolagainstarmstrade@gmail.com. Leaving early from central Bristol 28th march 2019.

Copy of article from Left foot forward:Campaigners are celebrating after a Tory-backed arms fair was forced to move to another venue – before it has even taken place.

The Defence Procurement, Research, Technology & Exportability (DPRTE) arms fair was due to take place at Birmingham’s NEC on 28 March 2019.

The arms fair’s original booking in Cardiff was called off following similar protests and objections from local people last year.

But it will now happen at the Farborough International Exhibition & Conference Centre following local opposition.

DPRTE brings together all parts of the arms industry to connect small companies with some of the world’s largest weaponry and defence firms.

It is one of the key events in the arms industry calendar and could not happen without support from the UK Ministry of Defence and the Department of International Trade, who are listed as event ‘partners’ but also attend as prospective buyers alongside the US Defence Department.

Exhibitors include BAE Systems, which produces many of the fighter jets being used by Saudi-led forces in the ongoing bombardment of Yemen – a site of gross human rights violations.

The decision to move the venue follows an active and vibrant local campaign by local activists, with the Birmingham Stop the Arms fair group having planned a day of creative actions against the fair.

A DPRTE events staffer confirmed the cancellation was to do with ‘health and safety’ and that the event will be held at Farnborough.

Kat Hobbs, a spokesperson for Campaign Against the Arms Trade, told Left Foot Forward:

“The arms fair has been controversial since it was first held in 2013. It moved to Cardiff after protests but faced really big opposition there…and now the organisers have been forced to move it again.

“There’s a strong coalition in Birmingham of peace campaigners, trade unionists, the Yemeni diaspora and Palestine activists.”

Activists had planned a day of action in Birmingham – but apparently that was enough to cancel the event. Around 50 people had recently attended a workshop to organise demonstrations, with plans for ‘creative’ protest. “Event organisers were quite worried by the attention,” Hobbs said.

Farnborough air base is seen as a more secure venue that is far out from the main town. But Hobbs said: “We’re planning on keeping protests going.”

The local CAAT group there are ‘fiercely opposed to the military activities that take place’ in the area, which is home to arms company Qinetiq.

Moving the venue will have cost arms fair organisers and attendees a substantial amount of money. “Birmingham NEC is not a cheap venue to book. DPRTE organisers have now had to move it, rebook the venue, travel and so on,” Hobbs noted.

The US defence department reportedly has a large presence at DPRTE.

Campaigners have now received an email from the event organisers which claimed that the decision was made following consideration of “the impact of all events on all our guests.”

Organisers say that they decided it was “more appropriate for DPRTE to be hosted at a more self-contained venue.”

Hugh Douglas from Birmingham Stop the Arms Fair said:

“The arms industry is not welcome here. The DPRTE was already chased out of Cardiff, and now Birmingham. The government might be willing to ignore the death and destruction caused by the arms industry, but local people are not.”

17 May, 2017

Bristol Against Arms Trade

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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…

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Film: The Business of War 22nd May 2017

17 May, 2017
From arms fairs to private equity firms - an in depth look at the SOREX arms fair in Jordan and the Carlyle Group. Plus discussion on the arms industry in Bristol .
  

Please promote   

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Truthout Cinema every Monday 6.00-8.00pm at the Arts House, 108A Stokes Croft , BS1 3RU .

Free entry but donations appreciated.

For details see www.theartshousecafe.org/cinema.html

“Like” us on facebook at “Truthout Cinema”

 

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BRISTOL AGAINST ARMS TRADE

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BAAT’s article in Bristol Cable

13 February, 2017

Bristol’s role in arming the world

10 January, 2017

 

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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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Stop HP: Target the trades fair – 29/11/16 – London

22 October, 2016
1For decades, HP has profited from Israel’s apartheid system. Checkpoints. Biometric ID cards. Surveillance databases. From 29 Nov–1 Dec, HP will be holding a big trade show at the Excel Centre to drum up business.
Join us, on 29 November, the international day of solidarity with the Palestinian people, to make sure that attendees who step foot into the fair are under no illusions about how HP tracks and surveils Palestinians. If we can get to the people that bulk-buy HP equipment, we can have a really solid impact on their bottom line.

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Companies influencing Government policy

3 October, 2016

Live now! CAAT’s new Political Influence Browser exposes the extent of the intimate and compromising relationship between arms companies and government.

This huge new data-project, profiled in the Guardian today, shows how the arms industry has inserted itself into the very heart and machinery of government giving it totally disproportionate access and influence over vital areas,  warping public policy and harming us all.

Find out more and support our campaign to get the arms industry out of government and end its damaging political influence: www.caat.org.uk/influence

The browser highlights the many ways arms companies gain access to and influence the Government:

We know that the political influence of the arms industry leads to deadly consequences: Promoting arms deals is prioritised over controlling the flow of arms, and private commercial interests are allowed to trump human rights.

A stark example is the government’s refusal to stop arming Saudi Arabia, even as UK weapons are used in the devastating bombing of Yemen, in clear violation of the UK’s own rules, and European and international law. Despite overwhelming evidence of repeated violations of international humanitarian law, thousands of deaths and a humanitarian crisis, the UK government refuses to stop the sales.

The campaign to sell the BAE Systems‘ Eurofighter Typhoon aircraft now bombing Yemen involved interventions at the highest level – from Tony Blair’s intervention to stop a corruption investigation into arms sales to Saudi Arabia and Prince Charles’ infamous sword dance for the Saudi king. CAAT’s browser shows how the machinery of government was mobilised at key moments in the sales campaign to secure the deal.

If we’re to end scandals like this and ensure policy is made in the public interest, rather than for the profit of private companies, we must break the links between arms industry and government.

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