Banksy donates funds from drone works of art

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The anonymous street artist Banksy has donated £205,000 from the sale of a protest piece of anti-gun activists.

The work of art, Civil Drone Strike, has been exposed to the Stop the Arms Fair art exhibition in east London.

It depicts drones for the destruction of a cartoon image of a house, while a boy and his dog in trouble.

The exhibition was staged alongside the world’s largest arms fair, Defence and Security Equipment International – both exhibitions closed on Friday.

The art exhibition, claimed to highlight “the inhumanity of the trade in arms,” through art, with work from more than 1,600 exhibitors from 54 countries.
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The money raised from the Banksy sale will be divided between one of the organizers of the exhibition, the Campaign Against the Arms Trade (CAAT) and the human rights group Reprieve.

Andrew Smith from CAAT said that the money donated by Banksy would be used “to make sure that we mobilise more people against the next arms fair, so that you can prevent that to happen.”

He added: “it Is time to close it for good.”

During the last week of the Defence and Security Equipment International (DSEI) fair, Mr. Smith said, “it is shameful that the government is welcoming despots and dictatorships in the UNITED kingdom for the purchase of arms”.

He added: “If the government cares for human rights and democracy, then it is time to end its support for arms fairs like DSEI.”

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The DSEI trade fair featuring a wide range of state-of-the-art military equipment, tanks and armoured vehicles for the transport of troops through hunting and high-speed, inflatable games, to sniper rifles and hi-tech, protective clothing.

In his opening speech, the International Trade Secretary Liam Fox has underlined the importance of the defence industry to the UK economy, with an annual turnover of £35 billion last year.

The u.s. Department of Commerce International booth featuring a Bowler off-road rapid intervention vehicle (RIV), complete with machine gun, a light artillery gun, and a rescue raft launch, as well as a series of aerial drones.

A spokesman for the department said: “The government is committed to a rigorous process of verification and approval, before issuing any invitations to foreign governments to participate in an important UK defence shows such as DSEI.

“The respect for human rights is a mandatory consideration in the process, and a country would not be invited where that would be in contrast with the UNITED kingdom’s international obligations.”

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Bristol artist Banksy is well known for his politically provocative works of art, and has acquired an international reputation for his unique, stamped on the public works of walls and facades.

Two years ago, has offered free of charge weapons guide to its Dismaland theme park in Weston-super-Mare to coincide with the 2015 DSEI arms fair.

He asked members of the public to disperse the guidance for the monitoring of the manufacturers of the weapons used against the public protest, saying it was “of limited use in Weston-super-Mare”.