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Armed Forces Day event in Liverpool, 29 June 2019

Armed Forces Day events around the UK have again seen children presented with a glamorised image of war.

A soldier inviting a small child to handle a gun at the Armed Forces Day National Event in Llandudno, 2018

The Peace Pledge Union has warned that small children will be invited to handle real weapons at Armed Forces Day events this weekend. 

Troops marching in the streets on Armed Forces Day 2018

Wiltshire Council has admitted that they are reliant on arms companies to run the National Event for Armed Forces Day in Salisbury this weekend.

BAE Systems stand at Armed Forces Day National Event in Llandudno 2018

At least eight arms companies are sponsoring the Armed Forces Day National Event this weekend, which includes a range of activities for children. 

Jeremy Hunt

Jeremy Hunt has been accused of prioritising the militarist lobby in the Conservative Party over global security and economic need.

Protest and celebration outside the Royal Courts of Justice

In a major development, the Court of Appeal has ruled that UK ministers broke the law in licensing arms sales to Saudi Arabia. 

Ministry of Defence plaque

The PPU has predicted that the majority of people in the UK will not support any attempt by the British government to go to war with Iran.

A small child handling a machine gun on Armed Forces Day 2018, Llandudno

Teachers and parents have been sharing their fears that children will be presented with a glamorised image of war on Armed Forces Day. 

No Pride in War protest at York Pride 2018

Grassroots LGBTQ campaigners in York have welcomed news that armed forces will not march in uniformed blocks at York Pride tomorrow.

Melanie Strickland addressing PPU conference

Peace Pledge Union members have challenged themselves to ensure that they live up to their values within their own organisation, and act in solidarity with people around the world. 

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