Qatar dictatorship gets more British weapons

This video says about itself:

Libyan PM Accuses Qatar Of Sending Planes With Weapons To Tripoli

14 September 2014

Libya’s Prime Minister Abdullah al-Thinni said on Sunday Qatar had sent three military planes loaded with weapons and ammunition to a Tripoli airport controlled by an armed opposition group. “Unfortunately they (the planes) reached (Tripoli) Matiga airport,” he told UAE-based Arab TV channel Sky News. “We will consider… breaking off relations if this interference into Libya’s internal affairs continued.”

The Qatari dictatorship has been ‘bringing democracy’ by bloodshed to Libya ever since the NATO war against Libya started in 2011.

From daily The Guardian in Britain:

Britain targets Qatar as priority market for arms sales

As David Cameron prepares to meet Qatari emir, arms trade campaigners say he should focus on human rights

Richard Norton-Taylor

Monday 27 October 2014 18.08 GMT

Britain is planning to increase the sale of arms to Qatar, identifying the rich Gulf state as a “priority market” for its weapons, documents seen by the Guardian show.

Last year the Qatari Amiri Guard ordered more than £3m-worth of British-made Heckler and Koch assault rifles, according to a copy of a “purchase order” document obtained by the Campaign Against Arms Trade (CAAT).

The UK has approved export licences for the sale of £23m-worth of weapons to Qatar since 2008, most in the last 12 months. They include assault rifles and components for machine guns.

For the first time, Britain set up a national UK pavilion at the annual Milipol military equipment exhibition in Doha, the Qatari capital, earlier this month.

Qatar is on a list of countries described as a “priority market” for UK arms sales, ministers have told parliament.

The British sales team at the Doha exhibition was led by Richard Paniguian, head of UK Trade and Investment Defence and Security Organisation. He was reported by the Gulf Times as saying: “Qatar is an important partner and we are continuing to deepen and strengthen our security relationships including the cyber sector … ”

Andrew Smith of CAAT said: “Qatar is an authoritarian state with a terrible human rights record. The UK government has actively promoted arms sales that have directly strengthened the regime, and is continuing to do so.”

He added: “When David Cameron meets with the Qatari leaders this week he should be talking about human rights and democracy.”

Some of these weapons may be used against Qatari pro-democracy activists. Some against exploited immigrant workers. Some against civilians in Libya. And some might end up with ISIS terrorists.

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