On their website War on Want says: “The Arab spring provided some of the most inspiring images of this century. Thousands of people risked their lives to demand that their voices be heard.
Yet the Arab spring was also the source of some of the most depressing images as well. Look closely at the armoured personnel carriers used by Gaddafi’s troops. Look at the sniper rifles used by Bahrainian troops. Look at the tear gas used in both countries. Then look at where they came from.
Made in Britain. The unpleasant truth is we’re one of the leading gun-runners in the world. We arm oppressive regimes. And we’ve been doing it for years. Our history is inextricably linked with oppressive regimes: Colonel Gaddafi. Saddam Hussein. President Suharto.
We think the UK Government should stop arming oppressive regimes.
From 13-16 September, over 1,000 arms companies will be selling their wares on the streets of London at the DSEi arms fair. Rifles. Tanks. Fighter jets and battleships. Available to buyers from around the world. Organised by the Government. Paid for by you.
We think that should change as well.
We think we should stop selling arms on the streets of London.”