Published On: 12th October 2021

The ACC Arena in Liverpool, the site of a major arms fair that was set to open today, has been occupied by activists from the campaign group Palestine Action.

Arms companies including Elbit Systems, ELTA, Raytheon, L3 Harris and BAE Systems are due to exhibit at the AOC Europe 2021 event between 11-13 October.

A Palestine Action spokesperson said: ‘This event cannot be allowed to go ahead. Liverpool’s residents don’t want arms dealers and war criminals gathering in their city, and its presence is an insult to our Palestinian, Iraqi, Afghan citizens, and all others whose homelands have been devastated by the products of Raytheon, Elbit, ELTA, and the other despicable firms meeting in the ACC.’

PILC is representing a social justice campaigner who has been fighting to prevent the venue playing host to the event. Our legal action is ongoing.

We would like to express our solidarity with Palestine Action and all the other groups opposing the arms fair.