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U.K.: Protesting Revolving Door of Arms Trade in Elections

Campaign Against Arms Trade, which includes the group Christian Campaign Against Arms Trade, is calling for an end to the unfair political influence which arms companies have on Government policy.

Ekklesia
May 4th, 2005

 Protestors, including Christians, will seek to highlight the 'revolving door' between arms companies and the Government in an election protest this morning.

Demonstrators are protesting outside the Annual General Meeting of the world’s fourth largest arms manufacturer, BAE Systems PLC at The Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre, in Westminster, London.

A door, resembling the door to Number 10 Downing Street, set on an axis so it can rotate with an actor dressed as Tony Blair will invite two BAE Systems businessmen into number 10 with a banner backdrop reading ’BAE Systems: Take Them Out of Number 10’ outside the AGM venue.

'Shareholder activists' will also attend the AGM.

Campaign Against Arms Trade, which includes the group Christian Campaign Against Arms Trade, is calling for an end to the unfair political influence which arms companies have on Government policy.

The revolving door between Government and arms companies is one of the mechanisms that allows arms companies inappropriate access to Government and ’corporate capture’, say campaigners.

CAAT’s new campaign ’Call the Shots’ aims to redress the public interest by exposing these mechanisms and calling for safeguards to be introduced.

Anna Jones, a spokesperson for Campaign Against Arms Trade said; "Under the Labour Government, as with previous administrations, it’s been business as usual for arms exports to repressive regimes and conflict zones. The new incumbents to 10 Downing Street should put the public interest first and remove the mechanisms, like the ’revolving door’, which allow arms companies to capture arms export policy."




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