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The Oetker family is getting ready

While the Bundeswehr is moving to Syria to fight ISIS and the world is afraid of terrorist attacks on the Christmas markets, the rich of Germany are investing in armaments companies. Recently, some shareholders of Dr. Ing. August Oetker KG is involved in the acquisition of ESG Elektroniksystem- und Logistik GmbH, whose business fields include German fighter jets. The defense industry is sometimes a difficult investment field. Although the market is likely to be secured not least by the many arms exports and Bundeswehr operations, but at the supposed security business also just a lot of blood sticks.

Use light art to ignite the medial flame

PixelHELPER set itself the goal in the quiet Advent season to point out this investment of the family Oetker. So that in the bustle of pre-Christmas time when buying ingredients for the Christmas cookies not this little peaceful message goes down, Bienkowski has launched various protests. For example, the light artist projected a Dr. Oetker logo in armored form and the signature "Kanonenfutter" to the company facade of Dr. med. Oetker in Bielefeld. It may have been just a little extra light on the night sky of Bielefeld, which illuminated the festively decorated streets, but here it is more about the media attention. And exactly in this sense Bienkowski tested on the well-known Slingshot Channel on YouTube together with Jörg Sprave a homemade pudding cannon.

War as a private matter

And what reactions did all this trigger? After all, there was an official statement of the Bielefeld company in the meantime. "The investment is a private matter of two family members and has nothing to do with the company. Oetker ", according to a newspaper report of the Neue Westfälische Zeitung. And so Bienkowski brought to the next strike against the family Oetker to reach their conscience. The question of whether it is a company owner of Dr. med. Oetker is involved in the armaments business, this time was sugar sweet and absolutely tasteless by the Berlin Boys Choir.

Can morale be colder than your own frozen pizza?

This is how Rolf Zuckowski's backhit "In der Weihnachtsbäckerei" quickly became the socially critical "In the Arms Bakery". The children ask the Oetker family: "Where has the moral remained?" The action hit is presented together with the Berlin hip hop artist Vokalmatador. But not only in terms of vocal technique and content, the appearance has a lot to offer, the staging is true. With pig masks in front of a 1,45 meter long wooden box. In this tasteless backdrop, at least Richard Oetker should pass away the joy of the armaments business. After all, this end 1976 was kidnapped in such a box and held captive. The hijacker had a pig mask. Is the action tasteless? For sure. But how many ready blends do you need to forget your own past and invest in arms deals whose products nearly killed you nearly 40 years ago?

For an immediate stop of tank exports to Saudi Arabia, PixelHELPER projected the words "Thanks no Tanks to Saudi Arabia" to the Federal Chancellery and the Embassy of Saudi Arabia together with the campaign "Outcry - Stop the Arms Trade".

The Saudis are still among the most important customers of German defense companies. In the first half of 2015, arms exports worth almost 180 million euros to Saudi Arabia were approved - only with Great Britain and Israel, there were even larger deals.

Germany is European champion in arms exports. Worldwide, it takes third place behind the US and Russia. With federal government approval, German weapons and armaments are also supplied to dictatorships and authoritarian regimes such as Saudi Arabia. That can not go on like this. We want to put an end to business with death.

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