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To: Pride in London

No Red Arrows over London Pride

No Red Arrows over London Pride

We demand the cancellation of the Red Arrows fly past at the 2016 London Pride march and the withdrawal of BAE Systems from the parade.

Why is this important?

On 25 June, thousands of people will come together in London to celebrate their identity and their values. 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 Pride itself - have been built on.

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.

The Red Arrows serve to promote British arms sales internationally, helping to sell weapons for BAE Systems to countries like Saudi Arabia. BAE Systems is a company that not only profits from war, but also incentivises it.

There is No Pride in War. Let’s keep the Red Arrows and the arms industry out of London Pride 2016.


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Reasons for signing

  • Militaristic arms dealers have no place in a celebration of freedom and peace.
  • Enough pinkwashing! Stop hijacking our hard-won rights for commercial gain!
  • The aims of the Red Arrows, are, in part to promote recruitment to the armed forces, and "wider British interests overseas by contributing to Defence Diplomacy efforts and promoting British industry." This is incompatible with the LGBTQI movements.


2016-05-31 08:13:23 +0100

500 signatures reached

2016-05-26 08:19:28 +0100

100 signatures reached

2016-05-25 14:21:58 +0100

50 signatures reached

2016-05-25 11:27:37 +0100

25 signatures reached

2016-05-25 10:59:41 +0100

10 signatures reached