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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.

Join the week of action against DSEI

Next week will see a major week of blockades and actions against the DSEI arms fair while it sets up at the Excel Centre in East London.

For four days in September 2017, the international weapons industry plans to set up shop in London at a huge arms fair, DSEI. The weapons sold here fuel the death, destruction and injustice perpetrated by militaries, police forces and at borders around the world.

Protests against DSEI 2015 – Photo by Jess Hurd

In 2015, hundreds of people took part in a huge week of action to stop the set up of the arms fair – the biggest-ever protests against DSEI. For six days we blocked entrances, disrupting the set-up of the fair. This year the protests will be even bigger.

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Build Bridges, not Walls

Donald Trump is about to take office in the USA, and activists are challenging the regime of racist borders, unbridled corporate power and militarism that he heralds. This Friday, we’re joining the #BridgesNotWalls to drop banners from bridges across the country calling for a more peaceful and just world, free from oppression and hatred.

Come and join us on Lambeth Bridge at 8.20am on Friday 20th January, and add your voice to the call!

activsits gather around a banner reading "refugees welcome, not arms dealers"

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No Pride in War: Day of Action Against the Militarisation of Pride in London

Amy Clark-Bryan of No Pride In War was one of many activists that took part in actions urging the organisers of Pride in London to end its associations with the arms trade.

No Pride In War Campaigners outside the BAE office in central London

No Pride In War Campaigners outside the BAE office in central London

Tuesday 24th May was a day packed full of action, as LGBTQI campaigners united to say loud and clear “No Pride in War!”

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It’s time to scrap Trident: Join us on Saturday 27th February

Thousands of people are getting ready for the Stop Trident march this weekend.

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This Saturday promises to be a day filled with passionate protests and speeches against the UK Government’s plan to vote to renew the nuclear weapons system later this year. People will be gathering at 12 noon at Marble Arch and then marching to Trafalgar Square where a mass rally will take place. Over twenty organisations are supporting the march, ranging from faith groups to environmental, anti-militarist, health and social justice campaigning organisations.

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28 February: Join us in Bristol!

Bristol is home to many of the UK’s major arms companies, with over 20 arms company sites in the city alone. Bristol also played host to the local DPRTE arms fair, until activists chased it out of the city to Cardiff, where this March local activists are planning to show the arms dealers that there’s no welcome for them in Wales either.

A protester sits on top of a closed gate to UWE with a "Bristol Against the Arms Trade" poster

Join Bristol Against Arms Trade for an open planning meeting and social, and find out what’s going on locally and how you can join action against the arms trade. We’ll also be planning for action against the DPRTE arms fair in Cardiff in March, with friends from Stop the Cardiff Arms Fair.

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Stop the Cardiff Arms Fair!

In March 2016, the DPRTE arms fair will come to Cardiff. Join Stop the Cardiff Arms Fair and help to shut it down!

Stop the Cardiff Arms Fair: March 16th 2016, Motorpoint Arena
According to its website, DPRTE (the Defence Procurement, Research, Technology and Exportability exhibition) is the “UK’s Premier Defence Procurement Event”. Since October 2014 the exhibition has been held annually at the Cardiff Motorpoint Arena, with exhibitors from around the globe selling arms to a wide range of brutal regimes.

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Why CAAT is one of the groups standing ‘Together against Prevent’

The Network For Police Monitoring (Netpol) have launched a new way for opponents of Prevent, the government’s ‘anti-radicalisation’ programme, to make a public stand against its draconian surveillance methods, stigmatization of political dissent and disproportionate targeting of Muslim communities. CAAT is proud to be one of many organisations to join ‘Together against Prevent’ and stand in opposition to the flawed assumptions behind this discredited approach to countering terrorism.

The "together against Prevent" logo

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Tolpuddle Festival report

Tolpuddle festival banner

Every summer, thousands of people flock to the small village of Tolpuddle to celebrate trade unionism and the town’s six famous martyrs. Over the years, the festival has become something of a rallying point for trade unionists and labour activists across the country, and CAAT was here this year with a stall in the martyrs’ marquee to promote our Arms to Renewables campaign.

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20 Years of Edinburgh CAAT

As Edinburgh CAAT group celebrates it’s 20th birthday, long-term group member David Turner reflects on 20 years of campaigning against the arms trade in Scotland.

In 1995 a group of Campaign Against Arms Trade supporters came together for an inaugural meeting, and the Edinburgh CAAT group was formed- the first CAAT group in Scotland.

Edinburgh CAAT group in action

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