Next week, the Home Office and the arms industry body ADS are organising ‘Security and Policing 2016‘ , a secretive event bringing together governments, police forces and military delegations from around the world with the companies supplying the necessary equipment to support violent militarised policing, aggressive border controls and oppressive surveillance operations.

Organised far from London, it provides a “discreet environment” for hundreds of companies who want to “display products which would be too sensitive to show in a more open environment”.

Companies such as Serco who make a fat profit from the inhumane detention of thousands of refugees in centres like Yarls Wood; or weapons companies like BAE systems whose business is dependent on human suffering and continuous wars.

The heavy policing of borders, militarisation of police, increased surveillance of civilians and high military spending do not improve security and they do not make any of us safer. They make the world a more dangerous place and we need to resist all of it. Read more here.

Netpol has joined with the Campaign Against the Arms Trade, Lesbians & Gays Support the Migrants, Stop the Arms Fair and other campaigners to call a demonstration outside the Home Office to demand an end to events like ‘Security and Policing 2016’.

When: Wednesday 9 March, 5pm
Where: The Home Office, 2 Marsham St, London SW1P 4DF
Bring: your friends, banners and chants.

We’ll start at 5pm sharp to make sure we are there when Home Office staff are leaving for the day. We’ll be sharing stories of state repression and militarised policing from people who have been impacted in different ways, including campaigners from mexico and Bahrain.

At 5.45pm we will have a vigil and lay candles and symbols in tribute to victims of state repression and militarised policing.

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