[DEBATE] : (Fwd) More on CT anti-arms fair protest
pbond at mail.ngo.za
Sun Sep 17 06:14:04 BST 2006
PROTEST against Israeli Weapons on display in Cape Town!
Main entrance, Ysterplaat Airforce Base
Saturday 23rd September 2006
The Cape Town Anti-War Coalition invites you to protest against
international weapons companies on Saturday 23rd September 2006 at 10am
at Ysterplaat Airforce Base (see map on back).
Thousands of people from the Cape Town Anti-War Coalition, Sanctions
Against Israel Coalition, Umzabalazo we Jubilee, Ceasefire, and the
Western Cape Anti-Eviction Campaign are expected to attend.
The Cape Town Anti-War Coalition firstly calls on the SA Department of
Trade and Industry to explain why its website says it is supplying
helicopter and aeroplane parts to Israel, while Cabinet ministers keep
claiming that there is no weapons trade with Israel.
The Cape Town Anti-War Coalition is disgusted that the weapons companies
have been invited to exhibit their weapons of death in a carnival like
Truvelo, for example, is busy manufacturing a new assault rifle. This
company is expert in manufacturing sniper guns. The company refuses to
say exactly which groups it is supplying in conflicts in Africa and the
Middle East. It will only say that its weapons are "sold by manufacturer
to Government Authorities".
The Eurocopter group makes 14 different military helicopters, including
the “Tiger” which they supply to Israel, among other repressive regimes.
The Tiger helicopter has recently been adapted to include an “air to
ground missile” manufactured by Israeli company Rafael. Missiles from
helicopters have been responsible for the deaths of hundreds of
Palestinians, Lebanese and Iraqi people and are being used by the
Israeli army to this day in highly populated areas.
BAE Systems makes tanks used to kill people and demolish houses. They
have a R40 million contract with the US army to make ammunition
The Cape Town Anti-War Coalition is also totally against the practices
of Denel, which behaves like any other profit seeking arms dealer,
entering into partnerships with the European weapons manufacturers to
bid for contracts like supplying repressive regimes such as Turkey with
Many of the arms companies "exhibiting" at the weapons fair are
allegedly involved in dealing weapons through third party front
companies to countries with extremely poor human rights records, like
America, Israel, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Egypt, Angola, Eritrea, Sudan
and Nigeria. This method involves direct purchases by the foreign aid
recipient from a government weapons manufacturer contractor, without
direct government involvement in the process. Others are involved in
further impoverishing poor countries like Malawi who have no need for
military equipment but who are forced by the World Bank into taking out
loans to buy weapons in exchange for aid.
The Cape Town Anti-War Coalition calls on the public to boycott the
weapons fair. We demand jobs, bread and houses not weapons for
imperialist war. We demand education, not missiles.
For further info please contact:
• Shaheed Mahomed, Cape Town Anti-War Coalition on 082 2020617
• Makoma Lekalakala, Ceasefire National Executive Member and Umzabalazo
we Jubilee Coordinator on 082 682 9177
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