The UK government is welcoming 30,000 people to London. They include arms dealers from the biggest weapons manufacturers in the world and buyers from repressive regimes such as Saudi Arabia and Azerbaijan.
The DSEI (Defence & Security Equipment International) arms fair takes place as thousands of refugees fleeing wars and repression are seeking sanctuary in Europe. Yet the Prime Minister told parliament last week that he sees no connection between these two events.
Of course he doesn’t.
In the last five years, the UK sold military equipment to 19 of the 23 countries listed by the UN for grave violations against children, or where child soldiers were used.
CAAT (Campaign Against Arms Trade)