Campaigners will be holding a mass demonstration outside the Home Office, calling for an end to the secretive ‘Security and Policing’ arms fair that is happening 8 – 10 March in Farnborough. The demonstration has been called and supported by Stop the Arms Fair, Network for Police Monitoring (Netpol), Lesbians and Gays Support the Migrants and Campaign Against Arms Trade.
Kevin Blowe of Netpol, speaking for the coalition of groups who have organised the protest, commented:
“Security & Policing is a celebration of heavy policing of borders, militarisation of police, increased surveillance of civilians and high military spending. These do not improve our security or make any of us safer. They make the world a more dangerous place and we need to resist all of it.”
The protest will remember those who have died at the hands of governments and the police; and mobilise people for upcoming actions. Over 1,000 people have been killed in the custody of the UK police since 1990, yet no police officers have been convicted.
‘Security & Policing’ will be attended by delegations representing a number of oppressive regimes; including Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, UAE, Columbia, Qatar, Pakistan, Israel, Algeria and others.
This morning, copies of the posters we produced to promote the demonstration appeared unexpectedly on bus shelters in London. One featuring Green Party Peer Jenny Jones popped up outside Scotland Yard, whilst a poster of Isa Haider Alaali, who was tortured by the Bahraini government, was displayed close to the Bahrain embassy.
Tomorrow’s demonstration takes place outside the Home Office, 2 Marsham Street, London, SW1P 4DF, starting at 5pm – please come along and join us.