ARMS DEALERS FINANCE THE ‘RED POPPY’ TRADE IN THE UK

Currently in our exhibition Giles Watson’s works include:

‘LOCKHEED MARTIN: GET YOUR BLOODY HANDS OFF OUR CENSUS’

(This is a series of 12 photographs of art-works used to decorate a British 2012 census form, in protest against the administration of the census by the armaments manufacturer, Lockheed Martin, with an explanatory document.)

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Giles Watson with his work – the brightly coloured images on the upper left are photographs of a series of tiny ‘post it notes’ which Giles used to cover his Census form in the UK as a protest against Lockheed Martin‘s involvement.

‘Good for the killing business: How the world’s biggest arms dealers exploit poppy day’

Lockheed Martin and BAE are just two of the arms companies that the Royal British Legion has co-opted to sponsor red poppy events.

Lockheed sponsors Poppy Rock Ball

Says it all: Lockheed Martin, the world’s biggest arms company ‘proudly sponsored’ the 2014 Royal British Legion Poppy Rock Ball.


THERE ARE few industries with as much to be ashamed of as the arms trade. It is a trade that for generations has profiteered from grotesque human rights abuses and deadly wars and conflicts. Every year its weapons facilitate the deaths of hundreds of thousands of people, as it hands over extortionate profits and dividends to rich businessmen that appear to care little for the damage done by their wars. As the nation marks Remembrance Day you might expect that if there is one industry that should be keeping a low profile it’s the arms trade. Unfortunately not. Despite its history of war profiteering it has only been too happy to exploit the legacy of those who have died in conflicts and to brazenly associate itself with the annual memorials. One arms company that has a long and inglorious history of arming some of the world’s most brutal dictatorships, Thales, has taken the opportunity to brand the entrance of Westminster underground station with a poppy covered billboard. Lockheed Martin, the world’s biggest arms company, is the main sponsor of the British Legion Young Professionals’ Poppy Rocks event. Unfortunately this is far from the first time that the Legion has taken money from the arms trade. Read more here: http://noglory.org/index.php/articles/369-good-for-the-killing-business-how-the-world-s-biggest-arms-dealers-exploit-poppy-day Andrew Smith & Matthew Burnett-Stuart are spokespeople for Campaign Against Arms Trade. You can follow CAAT on Twitter at @wwwcaatorguk Source: Red Pepper

SIMILAR ISSUES HAVE OCCURRED HERE IN AUSTRALIA SEE:

David Stephens, http://honesthistory.net.au/wp/arms-companies-go-big-on-poppies-in-uk/

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