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Everyday Militarism News

Semih Sapmaz speaking on CO Day 2024

Earlier this year, when the head of the British army, General Sir Patrick Sanders, called for a “citizen army” to prepare for a ground war with Russia, military conscription was suddenly in the headlines, pushed by right-wing commentators and hawkish politicians.

CO Stone inscription

An Israeli conscientious objector, due to speak at an event in London today to mark International Conscientious Objectors' Day, has called for support and solidarity for conscientious objectors facing persecution around the world.

Troop and police officer on street

General Sir Patrick Sanders' call for a 'citizen army', raising the prospect of military conscription, reflect the increasingly aggressive militarism of the UK political establishment, as well as the broader rise of everyday militarism in the UK.

PPU protests in 2023

Spiralling military spending. Peace campaigners under attack in Russia and Ukraine. The devastating violence in Israel and Gaza. In 2023 there has been no shortage of war and militarism for peace campaigners to resist.

Britian’s leading pacifist organisation joined other peace groups and individuals to contest the ambiguously named Specialist Defence and Security Convention (SDSC) at Telford International Centre on Thursday 2nd November.

National Demonstration Ceasefire Now, London

Veterans are among those rejecting the government’s criticism of demonstrations planned for 11th November, stating that “there’s no more appropriate day to call for an armistice.” 

White poppy wreath

Peace campaigners and white poppy wearers have rejected Rishi Sunak's criticism of demonstrations planned for 11th November, calling his comments "a threat to peaceful protest and against the true spirit of Remembrance Day".

The PPU joins other voices from the peace movement in condemning the horrific attacks on civilians by Hamas on Saturday in Southern Israel, including hostage-taking and the killing of more than 1200 people.

An armed solider and an armed police officer on an urban street

British pacifists have pledged to resist any plan to deploy armed forces personnel on British streets to carry out police functions.

People holding a large banner reading "Say no to killing, say no to the arms fair".

The first day of the DSEI arms fair has seen protests, criticism and nonviolent direct aciton at London’s Excel Centre.

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