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(en) UK, Liverpool Anarchists: Issue XV - Who Can Stop the Merchants of Death?

Date Sat, 18 Sep 2021 09:21:03 +0300

"Is named Guernica" ---- An electronic arms fair is set to take place at the Exhibition Centre in Liverpool on the 12-13th of October. Some of 85+ companies present have supplied nuclear weapons, drones and missiles to countries like the United States, Israel and Saudi Arabia. ---- There will be a march against the fair on the 11th of September, starting at 11:30 at the gates of Prince's Park, but you can also join at 12:30 at the Metropolitan Cathedral. This event provides both the opportunity to build confidence before October, and to expose the moral bankruptcy of the local council. ---- The Exhibition Centre is owned by the council, but run by a separate management company, "ACC Liverpool Group". For this reason, mayor Joanne Anderson officially stated while she was opposed to it due to her "socialist and peaceful values", the council cannot legally cancel the event. However, the council is the sole shareholder of ACC, and the local Labour Party whipped their councillors to vote for the arms fair to go ahead, which certainly implies the council could cancel the event, or at least pressure ACC into doing so. Events at the centre have also been cancelled before for ethical reasons, homophobia in 2020 and trophy hunting in 2019.

There is a possibility of legal action to expose Joanne, however who has the legal power to cancel the arms fair is largely irrelevant. Clearly the money involved is a motivating factor, cancelling the event could also make Jo (or the ACC) look unreliable to investors. At the same time she also clearly wants to be popular and to further her career, hence the empty words.

The only reason she made an official statement in the first place, was due to uproar the campaign against the arms fair has mustered. Regardless of whether the event is cancelled, it is our responsibility to hinder the military-industrial complex - which ultimately leads to working class people slaughtering each other in the interests of the wealthy - in whatever way we can. If the event goes ahead, what happens on the 12-13th of October is what will really matter.

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