Stopping the Arms Trade
Local campaign group Manchester Campaign Against Arms Trade recently applied for permission from the city council (those who have a peace garden and pride themselves on their anti-nuclear stance) to hold a "Stop the Arms Trade Week" stall in St. Ann's Square. Imagine their surprise when the council turned them down! However, as you can see above, they had the stall anyhow and found that the majority of the public were shocked at Britain's continuing export of small arms (rifles, mortars, landmines and so on), many of which are used by children in various armies around the world. Signatures were collected calling on the Government to ban such exports.
The group has had some success with statutory bodies, however. They've succeeded in getting Manchester council to agree to disinvest their pensions from any company dealing with the arms trade.
Manchester CAAT (224 6042, http://www.x21.org/uninvited)
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