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Fly Kites Not Drones: Bristol action report

On 21 March Bristol Against Arms Trade took action to support the Fly Kites Not Drones campaign. Rowland Dye reports on their action.

We were running a family-friendly craft stall and building our own kite as part of the Fly Kites Not Drones week of action. Supporters from three Bristol groups maintained a constant presence all afternoon.activists gathered around the Fly Kites Not Drones stall Read more »

Let’s shut the revolving door between the government and arms

As George Osborne gets the revolving door between government and big business in the news – CAAT researcher Joe Lo blogs on the revolving door between government and the arms trade

A picture of a revolving door

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“The situation in Yemen is catastrophic. We must act”

Journalists within Saudi often face persecution, but two Saudi nationals based in the UK have started a new media channel with the aim of “building bridges between the people of Arabia and the people around the world”. Their first post to inaugurate the channel is a report on a recent meeting on arms sales to Saudi in Bolton.

You can watch their video report of the event below, and follow them on twitter @Mngro_com.

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Stop the Cardiff arms fair!

On March 28th 2017, the DPRTE arms fair will return to the Motopoint Arena in Cardiff for the third time. Join a day of action against the arms fair on 28 March, and show the arms industry there’s no welcome for it in Wales.

a bus stop with a spoff advert for the DPRTE arms fair , advertising war, murder and destruction at the Motorpoint Arena Read more »

Resisting the Arms Trade in Aotearoa/New Zealand

In November 2016, activists in Aoteara/New Zealand were on the streets to target a weapons expo in Auckland, and arms dealers found themselves locked out of the venue by the blockades. You can read more about their actions on their blog, and in Auckland Peace Action’s report “Peace through Justice”. In January 2017, Eliza Egret and Tom Anderson – anti-militarist writers from Shoal Collective – met up with Sean and Laura from Peace Action Wellington (PAW) in Aotearoa/New Zealand and PAW explained the tactics that they have used to confront the arms trade. This interview is the first of two that will be published about anti-militarism in Aotearoa.

peace action wellington members line up holding banners saying "arms trade death trade" Read more »

Campaigners disrupt arms dealers dinner

CAAT researcher Joe Lo reports from the arms industry’s glitziest annual dinner

An arms dealer’s social calendar is a busy one – filled with champagne receptions and three-course dinners which are often enjoyed in the company of politicians and civil servants, the people whose job it is to represent us and spend our money. While this kind of schmoozing is an almost weekly affair, no event typifies the close relationship between politicans and the arms trade more than the annual dinner of the arms industry association, the Aerospace, Defence, Security and Space (ADS) Group, which was held on Tuesday night.

Protestors hold a banner which says Stop Arming Saudi next to the hotel entrance

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21 years on: solidarity with the disarmers

Andrea Needham writes: On 29 January 1996, I was one of a group of women who disarmed a Hawk warplane at BAE’s Warton factory in Lancashire. The plane was destined for Indonesia, where it would be used in the ongoing occupation and genocide in East Timor.

Exactly 21 years later, and now in the era of social media, I was idly perusing Facebook on a Sunday morning when I saw that two men had broken into the very same factory, with the intention of disarming warplanes being sold by BAE to Saudi Arabia, for use in their crimes against humanity in Yemen.

Andrea Needham with a copy of The Hammer Blow

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BAE Arms: Saudi Kills

Activists released on bail after attempt to disarm BAE fighter jets bound for Saudi Arabia.

Daniel Woodhouse, a Methodist minister from Leeds, and Quaker activist Sam Walton have been released on bail pending charges after breaking into BAE’s Warton site. The pair were arrested at BAE Systems’ airbase in Warton, Lancashire, in the early hours of Sunday 29 January after entering BAE Systems’ Warton site in order to disarm warplanes bound for Saudi Arabia.

Sam and Dan with hammer used 21 years ago

The aircraft are part of a multi-billion pound deal between BAE Systems and the Saudi regime, and were due to be shipped to Saudi Arabia within weeks. Their action came as a panel of UN experts warned that the devastating Saudi-led airstrikes in Yemen, which have caused a humanitarian catastrophe, may be part of “a broader policy of attrition against civilian infrastructure” which may “amount to war crimes.”

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Build Bridges, not Walls

Donald Trump is about to take office in the USA, and activists are challenging the regime of racist borders, unbridled corporate power and militarism that he heralds. This Friday, we’re joining the #BridgesNotWalls to drop banners from bridges across the country calling for a more peaceful and just world, free from oppression and hatred.

Come and join us on Lambeth Bridge at 8.20am on Friday 20th January, and add your voice to the call!

activsits gather around a banner reading "refugees welcome, not arms dealers"

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Charges dropped against prominent Bahraini activist

We’re delighted to say that the prosecution against prominent Bahraini activist, Isa Al Aali, who was arrested at last summer’s Farnborough arms fair protests, has been discontinued after the Crown Prosecution Service accepted that there was ‘not enough evidence to provide a realistic prospect of conviction’.

activists stand with a stop the arms fair banner outside court to support Isa Al Aali

Isa was due to appear in court on January 16th, but after representations by Bindmans LLP, the CPS agreed to drop all charges. You can read a full report on the case on the Bindmans blog.