Tuesday 24 May 2016
1800 to 2000 hrs
City Hall, The Queen’s Walk, London, SE1 2AA
Nearest Tube is London Bridge.
A coalition of LGBTQI and anti-war activists are holding a vigil in response to the news that the RAF’s Red Arrows will be flying over London Pride.
We demand the cancellation of the Red Arrows fly past, as well as the withdrawal of BAE Systems from the parade, which is a company that not only profits from war, but also incentivises it.
The Red Arrows serve two purposes; to promote recruitment into the Royal Air Force, and to promote British arms sales internationally, for companies like BAE Systems, who have been invited to the parade.
Pride is being used within a wider public relations strategy that aims to capture the imagination of the public whilst concealing the brutal nature of warfare and the gruesome trade of the arms industry.
Celebrating and promoting institutions of war, that profit from the planning and execution of warfare globally, is an affront to the values that LGBTQI+ movements, and indeed Pride itself, have been built on. There is No Pride in War.