Activists responsible for the posters want it shut down, and explain why on their Facebook page:
“Behind closed doors, the Home Office is hosting a three day shopping spree. Governments, police forces and military delegations from around the world can buy all the necessary equipment to support violent militarised policing, aggressive border controls and oppressive surveillance operations.
“Organised far from London, it provides a “discreet environment” for hundreds of companies who want to “display products which would be too sensitive to show in a more open environment”. Companies such as Serco who make a fat profit from the inhumane detention of thousands of refugees in centres like Yarls Wood; or weapons companies like BAE systems whose business is dependent on human suffering and continuous wars.
“The heavy policing of borders, militarisation of police, increased surveillance of civilians and high military spending do not improve security and they do not make any of us safer. They make the world a more dangerous place and we need to resist all of it.”
Organisers Stop the Arms Fair, Network for Police Monitoring, Lesbians and Gays Support the Migrants and Campaign Against Arms Trade have arranged a mass demonstration outside the Home Office to demand an end to the secretive event happening this month in Farnborough.
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