In January 2017, Theresa May flew from her meeting with Donald Trump in Washington straight to Turkey to meet with President Erdogan, where she announced arms deals worth hundreds of millions of pounds. Turkey has the second largest standing army in NATO and uses its military muscle to attack Kurdish towns and villages. In 2015, the Turkish military carried out attacks on the Kurdish province of Sirnak, killing hundreds of civilians and destroying Kurdish towns and villages, creating one-million displaced people. The border regions of Silopi and Cizre were completely destroyed. In one particularly nasty episode, hundreds of civilians were trapped in the basements of a building in the town of Cizre for weeks without food, water, sanitation, medical supplies, during military attacks. Eventually, a fire induced by Turkish shelling engulfed the building and they were burned alive.
The Kurdistan Solidarity Campaign organised a day of action against arms sales to Turkey during the Campaign Against Arms Trade Stop DSEI protests at London's ExCeL centre during the DSEI arms fair.
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