ARMS DEALERS EXPOSED AGAIN FOR CYNICAL RELATIONSHIP TO RED POPPY EVENTS IN THE UK

‘The ‘crass insensitivity’ of Tower’s luxury dinner for arms dealers, days after poppy display’

FRIDAY 28 NOVEMBER 2014

‘Representatives of Britain’s arms industry, along with senior Ministry of Defence officials and foreign defence attachés, attended the unpublicised London Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) event on Tuesday night.  The annual dinner, described by organisers as “acclaimed and influential” and a chance to “make new business connections”, was co-sponsored by Lockheed Martin, the world’s largest defence company. The Chief of the Defence Staff, General Sir Nicholas Houghton, was the guest of honour.  In an apparent attempt to prevent the gathering becoming a focus for protests, the venue for the LCCI Defence and Security Dinner was kept quiet. Corporate guests paying up to £3,000 per table were told they would be advised of the location “upon registration’.

see below for full article:

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/the-crass-insensitivity-of-towers-luxury-dinner-for-arms-dealers-days-after-poppy-display-9888507.html

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 see also:

‘Red poppies and the arms trade’

‘A vast blood-red memorial in London evokes war’s victims. Behind it stand the weapon-makers that could create millions more.  … [A] single missile can easily kill far more than the 888,000 men and women represented by the red poppies encircling the Tower of London. Some may see an irony in Lockheed Martin UK sponsoring the Poppy Rocks Ball, but perhaps the real irony is that neither Lockheed Martin UK nor the Royal British Legion sees the irony of it.’ [our emphasis]

See below for full artice:

https://www.opendemocracy.net/paul-rogers/red-poppies-and-arms-trade

and see also our previous post below from November 7,

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

photographic and artwork by Giles Watson

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