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An uninvited guest at the arms dealers banquet

Last week, we were there to challenge arms dealers gathered in London for a £246/head ‘networking’ dinner, where they were wining and dining 40 MPs and 60 senior civil servants, with the BBC’s Jeremy Vine to entertain them with an after dinner speech.

After making their way past protesters at the door, the guests probably thought they could sit down and get on with the business of keeping military spending high and public subsidies for arms companies flowing. But there were a few surprises when the first speaker took the stage.

Watch the video and read the story of how Anne-Marie confronted the arms dealers about the world her child will be born into in 4 months’ time.

Arms dealers need luxury dinners to buy the loyalty of MPs and civils servants. But ordinary people know that the world needs better priorities and we can get together to plot and scheme for them too!

Their gathering fuelled profit from conflict but we have a brighter vision

Our gathering on Saturday 21st March in London is a chance for us to build our power to assert human needs over arms company profits.

Book now to:

  • Learn more about CAAT’s new campaign, “Arms to Renewables“; hear from Owen Jones (author and commentator), Sayed Alwadaei (democracy activist exiled from Bahrain), and the authors of Deception in High Places and the forthcoming Arming Apartheid.
  • Take part in workshops on challenging London’s arms fair, pushing the arms trade out of public life, arming all sides in World War 1 and more.
  • Meet other campaigners, share ideas and get inspired!

Read more about CAAT’s National Gathering on 21st March and book now!

Can’t make it? Email outreach(at)caat*org*uk to invite us to run for a workshop or talk in your town instead!

3 comments to An uninvited guest at the arms dealers banquet

  • Louie Armstrong

    WELL DONE ANNE-MARIE! You are a star. Those arms dealers are cold calculated deathmongers, bristling with power, wealth & evil: it was really courageous of you to stand up in front of them all & speak the truth to them. I hope you are well, thank you so much for being a committed activist and truthspeaker. I hope I can become active myself soon. You are an inspiration, best wishes to you and your son, thank you again & take care.
    love from Louie Armstrong x

  • Geo Meadows

    A very courageous thing to have done. Well done indeed!

  • Alan Stinchcombe

    Thank you for this action.

    It sounded as if you had a better reception from the invited guests than from the organisers.

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