Banksy donates funds from sale of latest artwork to anti-arms campaigners

Remigio Civitarese
Settembre 17, 2017

The street artist Banksy has donated £205,000 to human rights and anti-arms trade groups, raised from the sale of his art.

The artwork, named Civilian Drone Strike, depicts drones destroying a child-like drawing of a house while a little girl and her dog watch on in horror.

Andrew Smith, of Campaign Against Arms Trade, said the money from the sale of Civilian Drone Strike would help the group to mobilise more protests against arms companies, and against the next DSEI in two years time.

The exhibition was being held alongside the world's largest arms fair, the Defence and Security Equipment International (DSEI), to highlight the inhumanity of the arms trade.

More than 100 people were arrested in the first week of protests as they attempted to block exhibitors from delivering their equipment to set up stands at the arms fair, according to the Metropolitan police.

During last week's Defence and Security Equipment International (DSEI) fair, Mr Smith said it was "shameful that the government is welcoming despots and dictatorships to the United Kingdom to buy weapons".

"Respect for human rights is a mandatory consideration in the process and a country would not be invited where that would contradict the UK's global obligations".

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