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UK sold tear gas and crowd control ammunition to Bahrain and Libya

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  1. Askari Kanzu

    Askari Kanzu JF-Expert Member

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    Talk about double morality!

    17 February 2011

    UK arms sales to Middle East include tear gas and crowd control ammunition to Bahrain and Libya

    As protests against authoritarian regimes across the Middle East are met with violent repression, Campaign Against Arms Trade highlights the UK's role in arming the regimes.

    The UK Government has approved the sale of tear gas and crowd control ammunition to Bahrain and Libya in the last year. Sales to these countries have been promoted by the UK government arms promotion unit UK Trade & Investment Defence & Security Organisation (UKTI DSO).

    This weekend, the UK arms industry will attend a major arms fair, IDEX, in the Middle East, a 'priority market' for the UK. UKTI DSO will be exhibiting and UK arms industry trade body A|D|S boasts that 10% of exhibitors will be UK businesses and organisations.


    • In 2010, equipment approved for export included tear gas and crowd control ammunition, equipment for the use of aircraft cannons, assault rifles, shotguns, sniper rifles and sub-machine guns. No requests for licences were refused.
    • UKTI DSO has listed Bahrain as a key market for UK arms exports.
    • Bahrain was invited to attend the UK arms fairs: the Farnborough Airshow in 2010 and Defence and Security Equipment International in 2009. UKTI DSO supported the Bahrain International Airshow 2010, where it organised an outdoor event.
    • UK armed forces have been used in support of sales efforts, demonstrating arms to the Royal Bahrain Artillery.

    • In the third quarter of 2010 (the most recent period for which figures are available), equipment approved for export included wall and door breaching projectile launchers, crowd control ammunition, small arms ammunition, tear gas/irritant ammunition, training tear gas/irritant ammunition. Ammunition comprised £3.2m of the £4.7m million of military items licensed.
    • Sniper rifles were among the other equipment licensed in 2010. No requests for licences were refused in 2010.
    • Libya is a UKTI/DSO priority market country, and the UK has made 'high level political interventions' in support of arms sales to Libya.
    • Libya was also invited to attend the UK arms fairs: the Farnborough Airshow in 2010 and Defence and Security Equipment International in 2009.
    • The UK had by far the largest pavilion at Libya's arms fair LibDex in 2010, and was supported by a team from UKTI DSO.
    Other licences approved for the region in 2010 include
    In the third quarter of 2010: Combat helicopters and military utility helicopters (Helicopter licences were worth £269 million) and technology for the production of corvettes. Algeria is a priority market for UKTI DSO. This week UKTI is offering advice sessions for companies that wish to export to the country.

    In 2010: components for all-wheel drive vehicles with ballistic protection; military communications equipment; optical target surveillance equipment; components for armoured personnel carriers; components for semi-automatic pistols; and components for submachine guns.

    Saudi Arabia
    In 2010: armoured personnel carriers, ground vehicle military communications equipment, sniper rifles; small arms ammunition; weapon sights and in 2009: CS hand grenades, tear gas/irritant ammunition and tear gas/riot control agents.

    Sarah Waldron Campaigns Coordinator at CAAT said:
    "Government ministers claim they wish to support open and democratic societies in the Middle East but at the same time are aiding authoritarian regimes and providing the tools for repression. They don't just approve the sale of this equipment - they actively promote it."

    "There should be an immediate arms embargo – but more importantly we should be asking why these exports were ever licensed in the first place."

  2. Mallaba

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    when others fights its the time for bussiness for the rest of the world.
    Uk is doing bussiness wala haiwezi kucha donge nono kama hilo.
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    Army deploys after Bahrain police raid

    MANAMA - Troops took control of Manama on Thursday after riot police stormed an anti-government protest camp at dawn and fought demonstrators on the streets, killing four people in Bahrain's worst violence in decades.
    Foreign Minister Sheikh Khaled bin Ahmed al-Khalifa said police action pulled Bahrain back from what he called the brink of a sectarian abyss. "So it was a very important step that had to happen. Police took every care possible."
    Police cleared the capital's Pearl Square of mainly Shi'ite protesters demanding more say in the Sunni-ruled island kingdom.
    "This is an atrocity," Abdul Jalil Khalil, a senior member of the main Shi'ite party Wefaq told Reuters. "Whoever took the decision to attack the protest was aiming to kill."
    Health Minister Faisal bin Yaqoob al-Hamer said three people were killed and 231 hurt in the police operation and an opposition MP told Reuters later a fourth person had died of his wounds.
    The crackdown by the Bahraini authorities appeared designed to snuff out the protests before they could gather momentum, unlike the sustained unrest that unseated Egypt's Hosni Mubarak.
    Inspired by popular revolts in Tunisia and Egypt, the unrest in Bahrain, home to the U.S. Navy's Fifth Fleet, will alarm Saudi Arabia and the United States, which both see the island's al-Khalifa dynasty as a bulwark against Shi'ite Iran.
    "I'm not saying that Bahrain is on the brink (but) should it become clear that the regime is in danger, the Saudis will step in," said Gala Riani, senior Middle East analyst at IHS Global Insight in London.
    The Shi'ite bloc Wefaq, which holds 17 of parliament's 40 seats, planned to quit the assembly in protest. MP Ibrahim Mattar said his group and six others had demanded the government resign and make way for a new national unity cabinet.
    Jane Kinninmont, an analyst at the Economist Intelligence Unit, said Wefaq was a cautious group trying to work within the system. "If they feel they can no longer do that then this is a sign of increasing polarization," she said.
    "I assume there are divisions within the government ... (and that) the reformers are worried the crackdown has gone too far. Clearly these images of Bahrain are not going to be good for foreign investment," Kinninmont said.
    The protesters want the Sunni ruling family to relinquish control over top government posts and address the grievances of Shi'ites over economic hardship, lack of political freedom and discrimination in jobs in public service and the military.
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    Dilemma for rulers
    "The question is whether they will be able to implement general reform, limiting the power of the king and so on. If they do that, in the long term, they are putting their own dominance and Sunni dominance at risk," Riana said, adding the authorities had long experience of dealing with unrest.
    Health Minister Hamer said three people had been killed and 231 hurt in the police operation, and 36 people were still receiving hospital treatment.
    "It is most unfortunate," he told Reuters at the bedside of a doctor badly hurt during the clash.
    Opposition MP Mattar said later a fourth person had died of his injuries.
    "He just died now, 20-30 minutes ago. He had wounds in the leg," he told Reuters, adding that it was not clear whether the man was injured in Pearl Square or in later clashes elsewhere.
    The economic effects of the unrest are being felt, the King having already paid out generous allowances to families in an attempt to appease the population. Fitch ratings agency warned it might downgrade Bahrain's credit ratings in a few months.
    A statement from Bahrain's defence forces, quoted by the Qatar news agency, said about 50 security force members had been wounded by demonstrators using "swords, knives and daggers".
    "Security forces had to fire teargas and stun grenades to avoid losses," the statement said, adding the military had deployed in Manama "under orders to take all necessary measure to preserve peace and stability for citizens and residents".
    King Hamad bin Isa al-Khalifa offered condolences to relatives of two men killed earlier this week and promised to investigate. Thursday's deaths took the total this week to six.
    The police raid was short and sharp. Within 20 minutes protesters had fled, leaving tents, blankets and rubbish behind them as teargas wafted through the air, a Reuters reporter said.
    A teenager shepherded a sobbing woman into a car, saying she had been separated from her two-year-old daughter in the chaos.
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    Garbage cleared
    Helicopters clattered over the city and tow-trucks dragged away cars abandoned by protesters, their tyres squealing on the Tarmac because the brakes were still on.
    Army troops in beige camouflage replaced riot police at Pearl Square and Asian municipal workers cleared away garbage.
    On Wednesday, the Wefaq party demanded a new constitution that would move the country toward democracy.
    "We're not looking for a religious state. We're looking for a civilian democracy ... in which people are the source of power, and to do that we need a new constitution," its secretary-general Sheikh Ali Salman told a news conference.
    Elsewhere in Manama, life went on as usual. In one smart area, foreigners sat in cafes or strolled in jogging clothes.
    Formula One motor racing head Bernie Ecclestone said the season-opening Bahrain Grand Prix on March 13 may have to be called off because of the unrest. "We'll make a decision by Tuesday or Wednesday," he said.
    The religious divide between Bahrain's leaders and most of their subjects has led to sporadic unrest since the 1990s, making the country more prone to unrest than other Gulf states where rulers tacitly use oil wealth to buy political submission.
    King Hamad introduced a new constitution giving Bahrainis more political rights a decade ago, but the opposition says he has not gone far enough to introduce democracy. Most of the cabinet are royal family members.
    The king's uncle, Khalifa bin Salman al-Khalifa, has been prime minister since the modern state was founded in 1971. Wefaq wants him fired and replaced by an elected prime minister.
    "The people demand the fall of the regime," protesters chanted at the hospital, echoing a slogan of Egyptians who ousted Mubarak last week after an 18-day revolt.
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    Hawa wazungu wa magharibi ndio wana wapa madikteta duniani kote silaha kisha wanajifanya wanataka demokrasia. Acha waafrika wote tuhamie ulaya na amerika sababu wanatuharibian nchi zetu
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    Ukiona kuna kilio wewe kodisha maturubai.....let them benefit for our ignorance ''why was I born in Africa? Najisikia kulia kwa afrika yangu.