Banksy donates funds from sale of latest artwork to anti-arms campaigners

Banksy gives £205000 to human rights and anti-arms trade groups

Banksy gives £205000 to human rights and anti-arms trade groups

The proceeds from the sale of Civilian Drone Strike, which shows a trio of Predator drones bombing a child's picture of a house, will be split between Reprieve, a human rights charity, and Campaign Against Arms Trade, a group seeking to abolish the worldwide arms trade.

Andrew Smith, of Campaign Against Arms Trade, said the money from the sale of Civilian Drone Strike would help the group to mobilise more protests against arms companies, and against the next DSEI in two years time.

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

"Civilian Drone Strike" was on display at the Stop the Arms Fair art exhibition in east London, which ended yesterday (September 15).

The exhibition was held alongside the world's largest arms fair, the Defence and Security Equipment International - both exhibitions closed on Friday.

A number of other high-profile artists and activists have also contributed work to the Art the Arms Fair exhibition, including Peter Kennard, Guerilla Girls and Darren Cullen.

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".

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".

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