Faith activists blockade nuclear weapons factory

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Activists blockade the construction gate at the Burghfield nuclear weapons factory. Photo by Trident Ploughshares

This morning members of Put Down the Sword, London Catholic Worker and six Quakers blocked the three entrances to the nuclear weapons factory AWE Burghfield using super glue and arm tubes. The 14 activists were aged between 20 and 80 and were joined by people from local Buddhist, Muslim, Christian and Sikh groups. Continue reading “Faith activists blockade nuclear weapons factory”

Activists disrupt Paris arms fair

Activists in Paris kicked off a week of action against the Eurosatory arms fair by covering an armoured vehicle in paint. People from Belgium, Germany and England have joined French activists to take action against one of the world’s biggest arms fairs that takes place every two years.

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Belgian activists shut down factory arming Saudi Arabia

Last Friday activists in Belgium shut down an arms factory with a thirteen hour rooftop occupation. The Advionics arms company in Oostkamps is producing components that are being used in the Saudi Eurofighter Typhoon jets.

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Activists on trial for trying to stop the DSEI arms fair

This week activists are on trial for taking action against the DSEI arms fair last September.

Yesterday, three of the defendants presented their case. All of them spoke at length about why they felt their actions against DSEI were necessary in order to prevent greater crimes.

Activists with a 'Stop Arming Israel' banner and waving Palestinian flags stand on an armoured vehicle
Activists blockade an armoured vehicle from entering the Excel Centre

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Resisting police militarisation: shut down ‘Security and Policing’

Last night I joined activists from several groups including the Network for Police Monitoring, Global Justice Now, Lesbians and Gays Support the Migrants, London Mexico Solidarity, London Campaign Against Arms Trade and Stop the Arms Fair for a protest outside the Home Office to call for an end to the ‘Security and Policing’ arms fair.

Candles in jam jars in front of a 'Human Crisis Your Profits' placard
Photo by Sophie Mawson

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London Underground subvertised for Israeli Apartheid Week

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If you were in London this weekend and travelled on the Underground, you may have spotted some adverts exposing the UK’s complicity in Israel’s crimes against Palestinian people. Continue reading “London Underground subvertised for Israeli Apartheid Week”

Arms dealers feast while Yemen starves

Activists hold a banner that reads "Arms dealers dine as Yemen starves"A few hours after the International Development Committee called for a suspension of arms sales to Saudi, the arms industry body (ADS) was praising defence minister Michael Fallon for his “tremendous support” at its £250/a head annual dinner at the Hilton. Continue reading “Arms dealers feast while Yemen starves”

Resisting police militarisation in the US

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Since the terrorist attacks in Paris, David Cameron has announced plans to increase investment in counter-terrorism police and that thousands of troops are ready to patrol the streets if a similar attack took place in London. The lines between policing, the army and ‘security’ are becoming blurred and ‘counter-terrorism’ is being used to clampdown on civil liberties.

In the US, a coalition has been taking action against the militarisation of police and institutionalised racism by targeting a major arms fair: Urban Shield. Continue reading “Resisting police militarisation in the US”

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.

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

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