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Vigil protest against ‘pinkwashing’ BAE

LGBT activists staged a vigil outside London City Hall yesterday in protest over BAE Systems’ involvement in the capital’s annual Pride parade.

The vigil organisers, a coalition of LGBT, pacifist and anti-militarist groups, say the company’s participation is part of a “pinkwashing” campaign.

The firm sells arms to countries with homophobic laws such as Saudi Arabia and Pakistan.

Peace Pledge Union co-ordinator Symon Hill said: “Of course people who work for the armed forces or arms companies are welcome at Pride.

“That is different to giving a platform to the likes of BAE Systems and the Royal Air Force to pinkwash their image despite their complicity in human-rights abuses around the world.”

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