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Banksy donates funds from anti-arms artwork sale

From BBC - September 16, 2017

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

The artwork, Civilian Drone Strike, was on display at the Stop the Arms Fair art exhibition in east London.

It depicts drones destroying a cartoon image of a house, while a child and her dog look on in distress.

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

The art exhibition claimed to highlight "the inhumanity of the arms trade" through art, with work by more than 1,600 exhibitors from 54 countries.

'Shut it down'

The money raised from the Banksy sale will be split between one of the exhibition's organisers, Campaign Against Arms Trade (CAAT), and the human rights group Reprieve.

Andrew Smith from CAAT said the money would be used "to ensure we mobilise even more people against the next arms fair, so that we can stop it from happening".

He added: "It's time to shut it down for good."

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 UK to buy weapons".

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