#WarCrimes #UK #BAe: #Warton’s #WarOnYemen: Thurs 14 Oct #YouTube Premiere + Q&A by #DeclassifiedUK + #CampaignAgainstArmsTrade

Warton’s War on Yemen: Thurs 14 Oct Premiere + Q&A | Campaign Against Arms Trade & Declassified UK | 12 Oct 2021

This Thursday, 14 October, Declassified UK premieres a new film on Britain’s relationship with Saudi Arabia.


You can watch the film from 5pm on Declassified’s YouTube channel, followed by a Q&A with the film makers at 6.30pm for which you can register (free) here.

The film investigates an arms factory in Warton, Lancashire making warplanes to bomb Yemen – the world’s worst humanitarian disaster. Interviewing local residents and a former Foreign Office lawyer, the team tracks down a secretive supply flight that Britain’s largest arms company BAE Systems sends every week from Warton to Saudi Arabia, and questions whether the air war could continue without UK support. CAAT provided assistance in the making of the film.

Investigators Matt Kennard and Phil Miller will be joined by myself and by Declassified UK board member Andrew Feinstein. Andrew is a former MP of the African National Congress in South Africa who resigned in protest at the party’s refusal to allow a meaningful investigation into a £5bn arms deal, which was tainted by allegations of significant, high level corruption. He is the author of the best-selling After the Party: Corruption, the ANC and South Africa’s Uncertain Future and the critically acclaimed The Shadow World: Inside the Global Arms Trade. 

Declassified UK investigates an arms factory in Warton, Lancashire making warplanes to bomb Yemen – the world’s worst humanitarian disaster. Interviewing local residents and a former Foreign Office lawyer, our team tracks down a secretive supply flight that Britain’s largest arms company BAE Systems sends every week from Warton to Saudi Arabia, and questions whether the air war could continue without UK support.

Declassified UK will be joined by the Local Outreach Coordinator for Campaign Against Arms Trade, Kirsten Bayes. Kirsten argues that the UK’s addiction to arms trading is a vestige of empire and great power politics that continues to empower despots and immiserate the world’s most vulnerable people.

As well as by Declassified UK board member Andrew Feinstein. Andrew is a former MP of the African National Congress in South Africa who resigned in protest at the party’s refusal to allow a meaningful investigation into a £5bn arms deal, which was tainted by allegations of significant, high level corruption. He is the author of the best-selling After the Party: Corruption, the ANC and South Africa’s Uncertain Future and the critically acclaimed The Shadow World: Inside the Global Arms Trade

Watch the film on our YouTube channel from Thursday 14 October at 5pm and join our Q&A at 6.30pm.

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