Banksy donates funds from anti-arms artwork sale

Banksy donates funds from anti-arms artwork sale

Anonymous street artist Banksy has donated £205,000 from the sale of his latest artwork to peace campaigners.

Civilian Drone Strike was auctioned at the Art Arms Fair in London.

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

The exhibition was the second half of a two-week festival of protest against the DSEI, the world's biggest arms fair, which brought together delegations from what activists say are some of the worst human rights-abusing regimes with 1,600 makers and sellers of weapons and military equipment.

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.

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".

"The arms fair is a moral abomination", he said.

The Department for International Trade's stand featured a Bowler off-road rapid intervention vehicle (RIV) complete with machine gun, a light artillery gun and an inflatable rescue launch as well as a series of unmanned aerial drones.