1960-1969 | Arms exports | Backing dictatorships | Nigeria | Uncategorized

Newspaper reveals UK supplying Nigerian Junta with fast patrol boats

17 August 1967 Today in 1967, the Birmingham Post revealed that, despite Britain’s commitment to neutrality in the war between Nigeria’s military junta and the secessionist state of Biafra, and despite the government’s claim that it would only provide the generals with military equipment which was defensive in nature, two British built fast seaward class patrol boats…

1900-1919 | Looting and plunder

General Gaselee sanctions an orgy of looting in Beijing

17 August 1900 On 17 August 1900, Major General Alfred Gaselee issued an order licensing the ransacking of Beijing. Gaselee was the commanding officer of a British and Allied expeditionary force. It had arrived in the city just in time to relieve the diplomatic legations, which had been besieged for fifty five days by anti-imperialist…