Disarm DSEi | 13.09.2009 22:55 | Anti-militarism
"A witness at the BT building said: “They came running in and jumped over the security barriers, smashing glasses and telephones.
“Some of them went up to two floors above, having a look round and writing graffiti.
“It could have been really frightening but when they started shouting about BT being involved in the arms trade I knew that they didn’t know what they were going on about. Then they must have got bored and left.”
The Standard leaves it at that, but we thought you might be interested to know more about BT’s investments in the arms trade.
From Banking on Bloodshed
The data in that table come from AMADEUS and ORBIS, databases of financial and corporate information.
We see that in June 2008 BT held £59,083,127 of shares in arms companies, equivalent to around £590 for each of the 100,000 people that work for BT. Their investments include £27.8 million in BAE systems, one of the worlds biggest weapons makers and supplier to Indonesia, Israel, Saudi Arabia, and Zimbabwe, among others.
£59 million of capital will fund facilities to build machines that will maim and kill an awful lot of people, and that’s not something anyone should tolerate.