FAO: Newsdesks - 1st May 2001
CAAT Conducts its own Protest at the Globalisation of the Arms Trade
Campaign Against Arms Trade (CAAT) were up bright and early to conduct their own peaceful protests against the world's arms trade.
Their 'pre-dawn' activities consisted of the following:
2.30 a.m.: Despite media assumptions that CAAT would arrive in Pall Mall at 8.30 a.m., CAAT activists leave leaflets at BAE Systems' HQ in Pall Mall at 2.30 a.m.
5 a.m.: CAAT activists visit the scene of the Metropolitan Police's 'Big Breakfast'. May Day is a traditional day for peaceful protest and CAAT activists were keen to emphasise these values.
8.30 a.m.: 8 CAAT protesters went back to BAE HQ to "eat cake" with BAE employees. Some were dressed as angels. I'm referring to the CAAT contingent of course. Anticipating trouble . . . four Riot Control vans were stationed outside, theoretically leaving one van to cover two peaceful CAAT supporters.
Midday: CAAT protesters then 'stationed' themselves at Hatton Gardens. This was to coincide with the second day of a 'Battle Management Systems' symposium, kindly facilitated by SMI Defence Conferences (www.smi-online.co.uk). CAAT members attempted to constructively engage delegates in today's advertised theme. . . the "human factor." After volunteering to leave, the CAAT's returned to nap at their HQ - including their attendant parody of the arms trade, Mr. Grim Reaper.