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Invictus Games, glossing over inconvenient truths: the arms trade and the British royals

 

Prince Harry at the Invictus Games

In a guest blog, Michelle Fahy of the Medical Association for Prevention of War exposes how the UK Royal Family has worked with arms companies and human rights abusers around the world. Many of those arms companies are using the Invictus games in Australia as a promotional vehicle.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have arrived and the media frenzy has erupted, fuelled by news of the royal pregnancy. As media coverage goes, the Invictus Games team couldn’t have managed it any better. Yet, when it comes to the actions of the royal family, all that glisters is not gold.

Four Years Since the Disappearance of 43 Students in Mexico: We Want Them Back Alive

Last month, CAAT joined Mexican activists for a protest outside the Mexican embassy in London. In this article, a spokesperson for London Mexico Solidarity explains why they were protesting.

Four years have passed since 43 students were disappeared in Guerrero, southwest Mexico, by different state agents acting in collusion with the organised crime.

The student’s whereabouts remain unknown while impunity reigns over a case that reveals the complexity and atrocity that Mexico’s ongoing human rights crisis may reach. Read more »

“AngloArabia” – talk by David Wearing, hosted by London CAAT

 

David Wearing points to Bahrain on a projected map of the Middle East

David Wearing discusses the links between Britain, Saudi Arabia and Bahrain

Earlier this month author David Wearing spoke in London on Britain’s military and economic support for Saudi Arabia, and the UK connection with the war in Yemen.

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Putting the spotlight on UK arms sales to Turkey

Theresa May with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan at G20 meeting

Earlier this year, Turkish forces entered Afrin, Syria. Ceren Sagir and Cinar Altun from Solidarity with the People of Turkey (SPOT) highlight the UK’s complicity in the atrocities that are taking place.

World leaders have watched idly as Turkey has fallen into even great authoritarianism and repression under President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his Justice and Development Party (AKP).

There are more journalists in prison in Turkey than in any other country, with other 160 news organisations closed since the coup-attempt: including 45 newspapers. 32 radio stations, 30 TV channels and 19 magazines. That is one reason why Freedom House has taken the step of declaring Turkey ‘not free’ for the first time this year.

Human rights and the foundations of democracy are being dismantled, but many EU countries have willingly ignored the oppression taking place while distastefully bartering over refugee numbers and quietly continuing to arm the regime.

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Bubbles Not Bombs!

On Saturday the 21 July 2018, a small group of activists for Stop The Arms Fair
met outside the Farnborough International Airshow to participate in a peaceful
family friendly action. The Farnborough International Airshow (FIA) hosted
arms deals during the week of the 16-20 July. On the weekend, it held a public
“family friendly” weekend, to whitewash its deadly trade show. Stop The Arms
Fair had a thought provoking message for the public and families attending
this event.

A woman activist in a red shirt blows bubbles in front of a Bubbles Not Bombs banner on metal fencing

Making bubbles, not war!

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Glasgow Sank UDT!

The Undersea Defence Technology (UDT) arms fair took place at SEC Glasgow at the end of June. It was met by a large, boisterous protest, which made it very clear that weapons trading should not be happening in Glasgow, or anywhere! As a result, Glasgow Council took the decision to no longer support arms fairs.

"Don't Let Warmongers Make Glasgow"

Campaigners borrowed the slogan from the “Glasgow Life” campaign …and explained what having arms dealers in town really means.

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Malvern Votes Against the Arms Trade!

When campaigners in Malvern in Worcestershire found out that a “Defence and Security Expo”, called “3CDSE” was coming to the Showground venue in their town in May, they knew what to do!

A chef on stilts in front of the stall

A long legged ‘Monsieur’, from an adjacent event, shows his support (credit: Melanie Johnson)

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Cardiff Arms Fair (DPRTE)

Rowland Dye discusses the protests vs. the DPRTE arms fair at the end of March. Campaigners from Stop Cardiff Arms Fair, Bristol Against Arms Trade, Cardiff Animal Rights, and others from across the country made it clear that arms dealers are not welcome in Cardiff!

Campaigners at the DPRTE arms fair. One holds a sign that says every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies, in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed. The other says "Made In Britain, at war with Saudi Arabia and Yemen, £46 billion in 3 years where children are deliberately starved." The signs are being held by a person in a brown jacket and flat cap, while another person in a red coat, top hat and beard looks at the arms dealers.

Campaigners explain why arms fairs should not come to Cardiff

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CAAT visits the BAE Systems AGM

Two activists stand wearing Stop Arming Saudi t-shirts in front of a BAE Systems sign, next to a security guard in a suit.

Andrew Smith reports from our visit to the BAE Systems AGM.

This article originally appeared in Red Pepper.

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Land Rover: Stop Supporting Royal Windsor Horse Show

Two older white people with grey hair stand in front of a Land Rover logo holding posters that read 'Bahrain violates human rights and Land Rover helps them!'

Protesters hold placards outside Land Rover.

On London’s first hot weekend of the year a group of activists chose to spend their morning outside a Land Rover showroom in Mayfair. Their goal? To highlight Land Rover’s support of the Royal Windsor Horse Show, which takes place on 12th May and brings together the UK royal family with dictator King Hamad of Bahrain.

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