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Banksy donates £200k to peace campaigners from sale of his latest work

17 Septembre 2017

The artwork, named Civilian Drone Strike, depicts drones destroying a child-like drawing of a house while a little girl and her dog watch on in horror.

The fair is a "moral abomination" according to Andrew Smith of Campaign Against Arms Trade, who said that the money from Banky's work would help to fund more protests against arms companies, and against the next DSEI in two years' time. This five-day exhibition formed part of a two-week festival of protest against the Defence and Security Equipment International arms fair in East London this week.

The street artist Banksy has given a financial boost to peace campaigners by donating the £205,000 raised from the sale of his latest work to Reprieve and Campaign Against Arms Trade.

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During last week's Defence and Security Equipment International (DSEI) fair, Mr Smith said it was "shameful that the government is welcoming despots and dictatorships to the United Kingdom to buy weapons".

The DSEI fair featured a vast array of state-of-the-art military equipment, from tanks and armoured personnel carriers through fighter jets and high-speed inflatables, to sniper rifles and hi-tech protective clothing.

A spokesman for the department said: "The government undertakes a stringent process of scrutiny and approval before issuing any invitations to foreign governments to attend a major United Kingdom defence exhibition like DSEI".

Banksy donates £200k to peace campaigners from sale of his latest work