Anti-arms activists stage protest against export licences in Germany

DPA News Germany

Dozens of anti-weapons activists on Tuesday protested in western Germany against export licences for arms sales to countries such as Mexico, Hungary, Saudi Arabia or Turkey.

Around 100 activists took part in the demonstration outside the Federal Office for Economic Affairs and Export Control (BAFA) in the town of Eschborn on Tuesday morning, a spokeswoman for the group said. They set up a barricade and displayed banners.

Large arms companies benefit from German weapons being used in many crisis and war zones, the group alleged.

A BAFA spokesman said the protesters had mainly gathered at the main entrance and in the lobby.

“They are drumming and have installed banners,” he said, but noted that most employees could proceed with their work normally.

BAFA president Torsten Safarik cancelled his appointments for the morning and was ready to talk with the activists, according to the spokesman.

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