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.
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.
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.
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’.
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.
The Oldham based “Stop Arming Israel” campaign aimed at Ferranti Technologies, owned by the Israeli arms company Elbit, is going from strength to strength. Read on and find out how you can support the campaign!
A few weeks ago London CAAT got together with some people from Art not Oil to host a public meeting about corporate museum sponsorship. It was an inspiring day with a lot of passion in the room and some great ideas on how to challenge the unethical sponsorship deals some museums have. If you’d like to join the campaign, come to the next London CAAT meeting on November 15th!
London CAAT and Art not Oil map the impacts of weapons and fossil fuels
Hundreds of cyclists and their supporters who blockaded a Midlands factory in protest at its sale of drones used by the Israeli military have vowed “We’ll be back.”
The Big Ride for Palestine staged four feeder rides from London, Bristol, Manchester and Sheffield which converged on Birmingham for a festival in Sparkhill Park. The peloton then moved off en masse to a rally at the factory gates of UAV engines, in Shenstone near Lichfield.
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. Read more »