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Anti-arms activists target BAE Systems

CAMPAIGNERS will target Britain’s biggest arms manufacturer today over its sale of weapons to Saudi Arabia.

BAE Systems, which makes fighter aircraft, warships and nuclear missile submarines, is supplying Saudi Arabia with combat aircraft being used in Saudi’s ongoing attacks on neighbouring Yemen, where huge oil reserves have been discovered.

Campaign Against Arms Trade (CAAT) has said that BAE is supplying Saudi Arabia with Euro-fighter Typhoon combat aircraft, which have been used in the bombardment of civilians in Yemen.

The campaigners say BAE also sells arms to other oppressive regimes, including a £100 million fighter jet deal with Turkey.

Supporters of CAAT will meet at the Eros statue in Piccadilly Circus, central London, at 2pm before making their way to protest outside BAE’s offices nearby.

London CAAT member Wendy Horler said: “BAE Systems profits from death and destruction around the world.

“The company says it won’t make political judgements about its buyers, but that means turning a blind eye to terrible abuses being carried out every day.

“It’s a company that routinely puts profits ahead of human rights and shows a callous disregard for the people on the end of their devastating weapons.

“Unfortunately, BAE does not act alone, it operates with the full support of complicit governments, including the UK.”

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