CAAT protest shows Blair 'bedding' BAE outside AGM venue

Campaign Against Arms Trade supporters, dressed as Tony Blair and BAE Systems representatives, are to cavort in a bed outside the weapons producer's annual general meeting today, in an attempt to convey the closeness of the relationship between the Government and the company.

A CAAT spokesman said that around 30 CAAT supporters are due to attend the AGM as shareholders after the campaign group bought a share for each of them. They plan to ask the company board "why they continue to pursue their destructive military agenda".

Other events include a protest to take place outside the QE2 Conference Centre in Westminster, where the AGM is being held. CAAT is to host a "morning of activities, including street theatre performances and a samba band".

The spokesman said: "Labour's foreign policy is being dictated by arms companies such as BAE Systems. It's time the tail stopped wagging the dog and Labour took control of its foreign policy.

"The sale of BAE's Hawk fighter aircraft to India will do nothing to prevent conflict with Pakistan over Kashmir - it will do quite the opposite."

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