- Britain is now the world’s largest arms exporter; responsible for one third of the world’s arms exports. According to UN figures, Britain exports hundreds of thousands of guns every year. The Nottingham office of arms company Heckler & Koch has exported nearly £15 million worth of guns since 2002.
- Such weapons invariably find their way to repressive regimes and warzones, fuelling conflict around the world. H&K guns have been used by child soldiers in the Democratic Republic of Congo, by the invading Georgian army in South Ossetia, by the Janjaweed militia in Darfur and by mercenaries in Iraq.
- Millions of people are forced to flee their homes to escape these wars. According to the UN, “Armed conflict is now the driving force behind most refugee flows… Refugee movements are no longer side effects of conflict, but in many cases are central to the objectives and tactics of war.”
- Ten of thousands of refugees who flee to the UK are refused asylum and face deportation to countries that the UK Foreign Office considers dangerous, including Iraq, Zimbabwe, Sudan, Afghanistan and the Democratic Republic of Congo (all countries in which H&K guns have been used).
To highlight the link between the arms trade and aylum seekers, and to call for an end to exporting arms and deporting refugees, Shut Down H&K and No Borders Nottingham will hold a demonstration called FULL CIRCLE on Saturday 29th November on Nottingham’s Old Market Square.
Shut down Heckler & Koch!
Freedom of movement and the right to remain for all!
No guns, no borders!