Labour’s former Shadow Women and Equalities Secretary rallying ‘cross party’ response from MPs calling on government to end sale of tear gas, rubber bullets and other anti-riot gear to US
Labour star Dawn Butler is coordinating a response across the parliamentary political spectrum to the revelation that anti-riot equipment produced in the UK has been licensed for sale to the US, where it may be used against crowds protesting against the murder of George Floyd and the state racism that it represents.
Ms Butler announced the move yesterday evening, with a promise of a full list on Friday of MPs calling publicly on the government to end the sale of crowd-control equipment to the US because of its abuse against protesters:
A Department for International Trade report titled ‘Stategic Export Controls: Country Pivot Report‘ confirms that the UK has issued licences for the export of projectiles and other riot control equipment to the US. The licensed materials include riot shields, anti-riot guns, components for anti-riot guns, portable riot control electric shock devices, and tear gas/riot control agents.
Such materials have been used on peaceful crowds, including to clear protesters from a park near the White House so that Trump could walk through it to a photo opportunity at a nearby church.
There is still the capacity for opposition in the Labour Party.
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