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After the Paris attacks: militarisation and the suppression of protest

Since the terrorist attacks in Paris, the French government has declared a national state of emergency; giving exceptional powers to security services and police. This is being used to suppress dissent and civil disobedience during the UN climate talks which started yesterday. Big events such as Christmas markets and football matches have been allowed to go ahead, but all protests and marches have been banned. Squats have been raided, activists have been placed under house arrest and have had possessions seized.

A line of police stand in front of an HGV lorry

Police clear the road of activists trying to stop military equipment from being delivered for the DSEI arms fair

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Activists disrupt European arms trade conference

Last week activists in Brussels disrupted the European Defence Agency’s annual conference by pouring blood-red paint at the entrance. Around 30 people were arrested for the action.

A security guard talks to a protester who is sitting in a pool of red liquid

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Exposing the arms trade: cycle tour of Southampton

Join the Southampton CAAT cycle pack for a bike-ride tour of Southampton’s arms trade!

Thursday 10 December, 6pm. Meet outside the Student Union, University of Southampton Highfield campus, University Road, SO17 1BJ

southampton bike ride flyer

Bring your bike and come bright for the night! Join Southampton CAAT and find out what the arms trade is up to in our city. Touring local arms company offices, we’ll expose the deadly business taking place on your doorstep. Read more »

Hundreds of activists disrupt New Zealand arms fair

Hundreds of activists are blockading a weapons conference in Wellington, New Zealand.

A line of protesters sit on the floor in front of a line of police

Peace Action Wellington activists blockade the venue hosting the weapons conference

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The arms trade is global. So is our resistance.

In the UK, South Korea and New Zealand, activists have been taking action against the global arms trade.

I had barely recovered from the marathon of activism against the DSEI arms fair in September, when I found myself on a plane to Seoul, South Korea: to take action against the ADEX arms fair. I joined activists from five continents for a gathering organised by the Korean anti-militarist group World Without War and the international network War Resisters International.

Tara from War Resisters League speaks on a panel in front of a presentation on police militarisation

Tara Tabassi from War Resisters League presents their campaign to end police militarisation

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Stop Elbit victory: No arms company expansion in East Kent!

On 21 October, activists invaded the former Manston Airport, in Kent, in broad daylight and occupied the roof of the WW2 control tower. Arms company Instro Precision rents the top floor for R&D and customer demonstrations, and it was seeking to expand by moving its whole operation to the airport from its current base in nearby Broadstairs. Thanet District councillors were due to vote on the planning application later the same day. Activists – who had already occupied the company’s facilities in February and July this year – were determined to stop the move and the expansion from happening.anti-arms trade banners on the railings outside Manston Airport

Why? Because Instro is owned by Elbit Systems, the largest supplier of drones to Israel, meaning we can be almost certain that Elbit’s technology was used to commit likely war crimes in the massacre of Gazans by Israel in 2014. Not only that, but Elbit is also a supplier of arms to the regimes of Saudi Arabia and Turkey – both known to have supported ISIS financially or militarily. In other words, Instro-Elbit is fueling some of the worst conflicts and
facilitating some of the worst oppression in the Middle East. Read more »

Adventures in outdoor cinema: Liverpool CAAT screen a film onto their local arms company!

In August, Liverpool activists began planning an ambitious event – screening an anti-arms trade film onto the side of their local arms factory. But when they arrived to set up, they ran into a series of problems which nearly scuppered their plans. That is, until their audience pulled together to make it happen! From hot-wiring generators to spontaneous dancing, James Crawley explains what they got up to next.Film screening Read more »

Stopping the War Business

This time last month we were taking action against one of the world’s biggest arms fairs in London. This week, we are in South Korea getting ready for the International Aerospace & Defense Exhibition. Many of the same arms companies and military delegations, including the UK government’s arms promotion’s unit, will be descending on Seoul for another major international arms fair.
Tara Tabassi gives a talk in front of a projected image of Urban Shielf weapons show

Tara Tabassi from War Resisters League talks about the militarisation of police in the US

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Why CAAT is one of the groups standing ‘Together against Prevent’

The Network For Police Monitoring (Netpol) have launched a new way for opponents of Prevent, the government’s ‘anti-radicalisation’ programme, to make a public stand against its draconian surveillance methods, stigmatization of political dissent and disproportionate targeting of Muslim communities. CAAT is proud to be one of many organisations to join ‘Together against Prevent’ and stand in opposition to the flawed assumptions behind this discredited approach to countering terrorism.

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Norfolk CAAT surprise their local arms company

Norfolk CAAT surprised their local arms dealers, MSI Defence, ahead of the companies attendance at the DSEI arms fair in London. Group member Jan explains how death came to be haunting a factory on the outskirts of Norwich….Norfolk CAAT protest outside their local arms company

Norfolk CAAT decided to do an action at MSI Defence because it is a company with a local factory making military equipment, including naval guns. MSI supplies to various repressive regimes, including Saudi Arabia, and the company had a stand at the recent DSEI arms fair in London. We wanted to highlight to local people what was going on, and to show the company that we’re not happy with them making weapons in our community which maim and kill people. Read more »