On 16-18 November 2020 international arms companies are due to meet up with military delegations from around the globe to show off the latest electronic warfare technology at the Exhibition Centre Liverpool.
This technology is sold at great profit to countries in conflict, authoritarian regimes and countries carrying out serious and well documented human rights violations. This includes Elbit Systems, Israel’s largest private weapons manufacturer, whose weapons have been used repeatedly tested & targeted against the civilian population of the besieged Gaza strip.
The Exhibition Centre is 100% owned by Liverpool City Council. It is managed for the city by The ACC Liverpool Group. The City Mayor and Deputy Mayor are on the board of the ACC Liverpool Group.
This event should not be held in the North West, especially in a building that is effectively owned by the public. It should be cancelled immediately and a firm commitment made never to hold any such event in Liverpool’s publicly owned buildings ever again.
The ACC Liverpool Group describes itself as an ethical and responsible company and has previously cancelled two events under pressure from the City Council.
A broad based campaign group (including members from Campaign Against The Arms Trade, Stop the War Campaign, CND, the Green Party, Labour Party, Justice and Peace groups , Liverpool Friends of Palestine and national PSC) has come together to call for the event to be cancelled