Iconic band Massive Attack has today announced the cancellation of its planned show at the ACC venue in Liverpool, citing the council-owned company’s unwillingness to cancel an electronic weapons fair this autumn. The group tweeted:
The band, which has created some of the most memorable tracks and videos, including the unforgettable Teardrop and Unfinished Sympathy and more recently The Spoils and Voodoo in my Blood, whose videos featured actresses Cate Blanchett and Rosamund Pike respectively, is well known for its principled political and anti-war positions, opposing the Iraq war and working with Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament and the Stop the War Coalition, as well as raising funds to help young people in Palestine and for Palestinian refugees in a number of countries.
The move has been welcomed by the grassroots campaign in the city against the ‘death fair’, which the city’s mayor has claimed she is unable to cancel despite the council’s ownership of the venue. A protest against the event will be held in the city centre tomorrow at 12.30:
Campaigners have also mounted a legal challenge to the mayor’s position, with the Public Interest Law Centre stating that she is relying on an ‘unlawful and improper delegation of powers’ by not intervening.
The Labour party ‘whipped’ councillors not to oppose the event. However, more than sixty councillors signed a public statement against the event. Mayor Joanne Anderson eventually also signed, despite saying she is powerless to cancel it. Liverpool council voted last year, under the previous mayor Anderson, to have an ‘ethical charter’ against such events, but this was not enacted.
Tomorrow’s protest march will start from Liverpool’s Catholic cathedral at 12.30pm and will feature Jeremy Corbyn, John McDonnell, actresses Maxine Peake and Lindzi Germain, musician Lowkey and an array of speakers from the Palestinian and Yemeni communities.
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