August Bulletin

  • 07 Aug 2017 16:01

UK and Ireland Civil Unrest and Activism Bulletin


Activism Review

July witnessed continued anti-government protests, with a number of actions demonstrating against current policy and the Conservative Party. More than 10,000 people rallied outside the BBC’s Broadcasting House in Central London on 1 July to demand the resignation of the Conservative government. Protesters also condemned ongoing austerity measures. A further anti-government action was held on 16 July opposing the government’s cuts to the education budget. Anti-government sentiment has escalated since the June general election, with the Grenfell Tower fire on 14 June and the death of Rashan Charles on 23 July, which prompted protests in Dalston, East London on 29-30 July against the police and the wider government, attracting further government criticism. Anti-government protests are expected in the coming weeks, particularly ahead of the Conservative Party Conference in Manchester on 1-4 October.

Activism Analysis

Protest activity in August covers a range of issues, including the environment, animal rights, and the arms trade. Opposition to the arms trade is expected to escalate during August ahead of the Defence and Security Equipment International (DSEI) exhibition at the Excel Centre, London Docklands on 12-15 September. The biannual event prompts vociferous opposition, with anti-arms activists holding well-supported and disruptive actions targeting the offices and assets of exhibitors weeks in advance. Protests are scheduled for 1 August against Boeing, on 10 August in Manchester ahead of the DSEI in September, and 28 August in Chester against the UK supplying arms to Saudi Arabia. Such actions are likely to be well-supported and will continue to attract attention during the build-up to the DSEI event. 

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