New Zealand activists shut down an arms fair!

This week activists in 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.

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Repression starts here: protest the European Detention Summit

On the 15th November, you can join CAAT alongside those protesting outside the ‘European Custody and Detention Summit’ which is taking place at The Tower of London. The summit poses as a forum for providers and policy makers to share best practice and discuss the future of custody and detention. It is being supported by a number of penal reform organisations. In reality, it is a trade fair for prison builders and some of the world’s biggest security companies.

Red and black text graphic. "Borders kill! Stop the private companies who profit from refugee suffering. Stop the Custody & Detention Summit. Tuesday 15th November, Tower of London, protests at 7.45am & 4.40pm"

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The Usual Suspect: Science Museum to host Farnborough reception again next week.

Amy Clark-Bryan writes about the upcoming protest against the Science Museum.

Picture with No2 arms dealers in the Museum and the CAAT logo

For the second time the Science Museum will be hosting the official Farnborough International reception. The last time the Science Museum hosted the reception for the arms fair in 2014 it was met with activists with one clear message – arms dealers out!
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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 in the US

Two police officer in heavy riot hear and carrying guns

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.

A line of police stand in front of an HGV lorry
Police clear the road of activists trying to stop military equipment from being delivered for the DSEI arms fair

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Stopping the War Business

This time last month we were taking action against one of the world’s biggest arms fairs in London. This week, we are in South Korea getting ready for the International Aerospace & Defense Exhibition. Many of the same arms companies and military delegations, including the UK government’s arms promotion’s unit, will be descending on Seoul for another major international arms fair.
Tara Tabassi gives a talk in front of a projected image of Urban Shielf weapons show
Tara Tabassi from War Resisters League talks about the militarisation of police in the US

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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.
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Dictators shopping in Twickenham?

Twickenham residents don’t expect to see armoured vehicles – complete with gun turrets – on the streets of their town. But people in some countries are not so fortunate. For one week in January 2015, the Twickenham Rugby stadium has been playing host to an international conference on armoured vehicles. But protesters are asking the stadium chief executive not to hold arms trade events there in future.Twickenham campaigners protest at the Rugby stadium Continue reading “Dictators shopping in Twickenham?”