London merchants of death fair hindered by peace activists


This video is called Stop the Arms Fair protest outside the UK Parliament 12 09 2013 @StopTheArmsFair @CAAT.

By Joana Ramiro in Britain:

Peace activists halt access to DSEI arms fair in east London

Tuesday 8th September 2015

Blair impersonator leads efforts to stop sales to violent regimes

A TONY BLAIR impersonator chained himself to a military vehicle heading into this year’s DSEI arms fair yesterday in protest at Britain’s role in the ”process of creating refugees.”

The stunt was part of a series of direct actions taken this week against the annual arms trade show, which helps strengthen links between British arms dealers and violent regimes such as Bahrain.

Stop the Arms Fair activist Simon Morris said he wore the rubber Blair mask to represent the British government’s “involvement in supplying arms for countries which then create desperate refugees.”

He told the Star: “I was moved by my realisation that the UK is directly involved in a lot of these refugee crises we’ve seen.

“I want to raise consciousness in the British public that our government is a key part of this process of creating refugees.”

Together with dozens of other peace campaigners Mr Morris helped blockade entrances to London’s ExCel exhibition centre for almost three hours.

The protest ended after police threatened blockaders with arrest for obstructing the public highway.

“The refugee crisis is showing us the human cost of war and conflict,” said Campaign Against Arms Trade (CAAT) spokesman Andrew Smith.

“It is shameful that the UK government is rolling out the red carpet for arms dealers and despots — helping to fuel conflict across the world.”

The British government stopped issuing arms licences to Syria in 2011, but as of March this year Britain was still providing President Bashar al-Assad’s regime with body armour and other protective equipment.

And as thousands of Afghans attempted to cross Europe’s borders in search of sanctuary, over £1 million was made by the British government on arms sales to the war-torn country in 2015 alone.

A petition by CAAT and Global Justice Now calling for Prime Minister David Cameron to shut down the DSEI arms fair and invest in welcoming refugees instead garnered over 3,000 signatures in just over 72 hours.

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  15. Wapenindustrie gebruikt veelvuldig Nederlandse belastingconstructie

    Amsterdam 21-12-2015 – Zeven van de tien grootste wapenbedrijven ter wereld hebben een belastingconstructie in Nederland, en meer dan de helft van de wapenproducenten uit de top 100 grootste wapenbedrijven heeft een holding of vestiging in Nederland. Dat schrijft Stop Wapenhandel in een vandaag gepubliceerd rapport. Dat betekent dat van elke twee dollar die wereldwijd wordt verdiend met wapenproductie, er een via een financiële constructie in Nederland loopt.

    Stop Wapenhandel legde de gegevens van de top-100 wapenbedrijven naast gegevens van de Kamer van Koophandel en vond een groot aantal bedrijven met brievenbusmaatschappijen in Nederland. Wapenbedrijven profiteren op alle mogelijke manieren van overheidsgeld maar dragen zo weinig mogelijk bij.

    “Belastingontwijking door wapenbedrijven is dubbel cynisch” zegt auteur Martin Broek. “Alle bedrijven profiteren van infrastructuur die uit belastingopbrengst wordt betaald, maar bij wapenbedrijven worden ook de producten grotendeels betaald uit belasting: de grote wapenbedrijven verkopen het merendeel van hun producten aan nationale staten. Bovendien wordt ook veel militaire onderzoek en ontwikkeling door overheden gesubsidieerd, of uitgevoerd in samenwerking met een publiek gefinancierde universiteit en/of onderzoeksinstituut.”

    Het rapport Tax evasion and weapon production: Letterbox arms companies in the Netherlands is te lezen op http://www.stopwapenhandel.org

    Bron: De Vredeslijst 21-12-2015

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