FULL CIRCLE - from weapons to wars to refugees

FULL CIRCLE - from weapons to wars to refugees
Full Circle diagram

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.”
  4. 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.

You can now download flyers and posters for this event.

Shut Down H&K logo No Borders logoShut down Heckler & Koch!
Freedom of movement and the right to remain for all!
No guns, no borders!

6 comments to FULL CIRCLE – from weapons to wars to refugees

  • Peter

    Guns were made for killing people.

    • Skektek

      That’s right Peter, well done!

      • Anonymous

        It’s not HK’s fault that there are refugees fleeing their countries. If terrorists don’t get their weapons from HK, they’ll just get them somewhere else. Stopping HK will not solve the problem. Unfortunately, the only way to secure peace is to fight back terrorists and other such regimes by having superior training and firepower. They cannot be reasoned with. They want innocent people dead. Either fight back and protect the weak and the poor or turn a blind eye as they are slaughtered. It’s your choice. Don’t forget that HK supplies many, many police forces around the world. People, both good and bad, use HK simply because they work under the most demanding conditions. So please stop complaining about HK and look at the real problem and help solve it.

        • Evey

          People certainly have been driven from their homes by forces armed with H&K weapons, such as in Darfur.

          It is not true that the only way to secure peace is to fight with superior firepower. As the saying goes, fighting for peace is like fucking for virginity.

          I’m aware that H&K supplies police forces around the world. One example is police commandos in Manipur, India, who have a history of grievous human rights abuses, including beatings, rapes, torture and extrajudicial killings.

          How do they get away with this? They call their victims “terrorists”.

  • Disgruntled Operator

    Correct Peter! Guns were made for killing people. AND to defend our countries, families, homes, and public from enemies and terrorists. If you are trying to shut down H&K, then you should do the same to the hundreds of other weapons manufacturing companies around the world. H&K does not support rebellious insurgencies or terrorist activities. It is not their(H&K) responsibilty if their weapons fall into ‘bad guy’ hands. It is no differant than a drug dealer ‘aquiring’ a beretta 9mm in a US city. Are you trying to shut down beretta for supporting drug dealers? H&K has made it a point to craft weapons for the use against terrorist activites in it’s home of Germany, then for the world. If you want to campaign against something, do it against terrorism in its LEGITIMATE form. Not a manufacturer who fights it.

    • Evey

      The reason we campaign against H&K is that H&K is based in our town. We would like to see people everywhere campaigning against their local arms companies.

      People who work for H&K should know that a lot of the weapons that they send out into the world will inevitably be used to oppress, rape and kill innocent people, as H&K guns have been used for decades. Saying it is not their responsibility is just not good enough.

      Saying that H&K fights terrorism is ridiculously naive. The company has a long history of evading arms embargoes to sell weapons to unstable countries and repressive regimes. They’re not fighting the good fight – they’re in it for the profit.

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