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.
Disrupting arms company recruitment is an effective way to challenge the arms trade. Arms companies rely on hiring graduates to keep their business going. This makes universities an obvious recruiting ground, as there are many people who will soon be qualified and looking to start a career. This term a number of arms companies have
Last week activists in Brussels disrupted the European Defence Agency's annual conference by pouring blood-red paint at the entrance. Around 30 people were arrested for the action.
Hundreds of activists are blockading a weapons conference in Wellington, New Zealand. Peace Action Wellington activists blockade the venue hosting the weapons conference
In the UK, South Korea and New Zealand, activists have been taking action against the global arms trade. After the marathon of activism against the DSEI arms fair in September, we were off to Seoul, South Korea: to take action against the ADEX arms fair.
On 21 October, activists invaded the former Manston Airport, in Kent, in broad daylight and occupied the roof of the WW2 control tower. Arms company Instro Precision rents the top floor for R&D and customer demonstrations, and it was seeking to expand by moving its whole operation to the airport from its current base in nearby Broadstairs. Thanet District councillors were
In August, Liverpool activists began planning an ambitious event - screening an anti-arms trade film onto the side of their local arms factory. But when they arrived to set up, they ran into a series of problems which nearly scuppered their plans. That is, until their audience pulled together to make
Norfolk CAAT surprised their local arms dealers, MSI Defence, ahead of the companies attendance at the DSEI arms fair in London. Group member Jan explains how death came to be haunting a factory on the outskirts of Norwich.... Norfolk CAAT decided to do an action at MSI Defence because it is