Stop September London arms fair


This video from England says about itself:

Stop The Arms Fair 2013

25 September 2013

In September 2013 the DSEi arms fair returned to London’s ExCeL Centre. This time it was confronted by a broad coalition of campaigns and people who occupied, blockaded, protested, lobbied, disrupted and challenged the arms dealers wherever they went.

The arms fair fuels conflict and repression around the world.

By Andrew Smith in Britain:

Help stop trade in death

Thursday 20th April 2017

Profiting from killing and destruction is plain odious. ANDREW SMITH calls for action to obstruct and stop the DSEI arms fair in September in London

Over recent weeks and months, government ministers have taken part in a whistle-stop tour of brutal dictatorships and repressive regimes. Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Egypt, United Arab Emirates, Kuwait and the Philippines are among those that have been graced by high profile visits from Liam Fox, Boris Johnson or Theresa May herself.

These regimes are among those that will be sending delegations to London this September for the Defence and Security Equipment International arms fair (DSEI), an event that brings some of the world’s most oppressive governments together to do business with the biggest arms companies.

Events like DSEI are crucial to the smooth-running of the arms trade. They promote weapons sales by giving arms dealers the chance to meet military delegations, government officials, other arms companies and a host of individual visitors.

The deals made at DSEI aren’t just numbers on a spreadsheet — the impact can be deadly. The weapons sold at the fair fuel the death, destruction and injustice perpetrated by armies and police forces around the world.

As I write this, Saudi forces are flying Britain-made fighter jets over Yemen and dropping Britain-made bombs.

None of it would be possible without the active support of government ministers and civil servants. Much of the co-ordination is undertaken by the Defence and Security Organisation (DSO) a 130-strong unit based in the Department of International Trade.

DSO exists for one reason only — to promote arms sales. DSO officials will be responsible for inviting buyers and will use it as a chance to lobby on behalf of British arms companies.

DSEI has always been met with a loud and vibrant protests and this year Stop the Arms Fair aims to mobilise the biggest opposition yet. A full week of events and actions have been called to stop the set-up. These will bring together hundreds of campaigners from across a wide range of social issues and movements.

Monday September 4 — A day of creative action against the ongoing occupation, and in support of the campaign to Stop Arming Israel.

Tuesday September 5 — No Faith in War; faith groups of all kinds will come together for a day of worship and non-violent action against the arms trade and war profiteering.

Wednesday September 6— Antinuclear action; a day of creative direct action against nuclear weapons companies.

Thursday September 7 — Solidarity Without Borders; many of the companies at DSEI are among those that profit from the refugee crisis and the militarisation of borders. Make links between the issues to build solidarity without their borders.

Friday September 8 — Conference at the Gates; academics, students and others will come together for a day of workshops and panel discussions exploring the militarisation of our education.

Saturday September 9 — Big day of action; a colourful and powerful carnival of resistance, with music, art, drama and creative action to celebrate our movement.

The preparations are already under way with activists coming together to start turning their audacious, artistic, inspirational and downright cheeky ideas into reality.

This Saturday, April 22, activists will come together for the next planning meeting. Participants will hear from the working groups planning actions and see how they can get involved. Others will spend the afternoon making props and helping with some new ideas for action.

This is just one of a series of important preparatory events planned for the months preceding the fair.

Saturday April 22 — Shut Down DSEI: This is how we stop it. 1.30pm- 4.30pm, Friends Meeting House, 173-177 Euston Road, London, NW1 2BJ.

Saturday May 6 — Stop the Arms Fair Manchester workshop, 10am – 5pm, Bridge 5 Mill, 22A Beswick St, Manchester M4 7HR. This event is to co-ordinate activists from across the north of England.

July 22-23 — It Starts Here. 10am- 5.30pm Amnesty International Human Rights Action Centre, 17-25 New Inn Yard, London, EC2A 3EA.

Events like DSEI can never be legitimate or acceptable. Not only do they strengthen Britain’s ties to dictatorships and entrench the government’s role as a global arms dealer, they also provide credibility for some of the most authoritarian states in the world.

Most importantly, they put weapons and surveillance equipment in the hands of abusive despots and send out the message that human rights and democracy are less important than arms firms’ profits. War, conflict and injustice are fuelled at DSEI, let’s stop them there.

DSEI will be held at the Excel Centre, One Western Gateway, Royal Victoria Dock, London between September 12-15 2017. Activists are already working to stop it.

For more information about how you can take action against DSEI, visit stopthearmsfair.org.uk.

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  5. Wednesday 6th September 2017

    posted by Steve Sweeney in Britain

    Quakers detained for trying to halt deliveries

    POLICE were accused of being “arrest-happy” yesterday after seizing at least eight Quakers at a peaceful protest against the world’s biggest arms fair in London.

    Faith and peace activists blocked a road for at least four hours to prevent vans carrying weapons from entering the Defence and Security Equipment International (DSEI) arms fair at the Excel Centre.

    The day was the second in a week of action which aims to shut down the weapons fest before it starts next Tuesday.

    Quakers spokesman Sam Walton confirmed that eight Quakers were arrested while attempting to stop the vans.

    He said: “Britain surely cannot promote peace and democracy, and London cannot be a city of peace, if it is where repression and torture begin and if it is where the seeds of war are sown.”

    Pacifist organisation Peace Pledge Union also reported that officers had threatened to arrest 98-year-old Margaret Slee for blocking the road in her wheelchair.

    Campaign Against Arms Trade spokesman Andrew Smith told the Star: “The policing has been very heavy, with a ridiculously large presence and scores of people being arrested for peaceful protest.

    “The arms being sold at DSEI could be used in terrible crimes for years to come, yet the police are more focused on arresting campaigners while protecting the interests of arms companies and human rights abusing regimes.”

    Yesterday’s protest also saw activists using abseiling equipment to hang from a bridge and priests from different dominations hold a communion in their bids to stop arms reaching the centre.

    The government-backed DSEI arms fair takes place in secret behind security fences and is subsidised by the British taxpayer.

    The official list of attendees will not be made public until closer to the opening of the arms fair, however previously invited countries include human rights abusers Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Turkey.

    Arrests were also made on Monday during demonstrations against the sale of weapons to Israel, which activists say are used against Palestinians in the Gaza Strip.

    In the evening, CAAT’s Kat Hobbs told protesters gathered for a gig that seven people had been arrested, including Enid Gordon, a 70-year-old Methodist minister from North Shields.

    And a source accused the police of racism after a press photographer covering the demonstration was arrested.

    “He was the only black photographer present and the only photographer that was arrested, despite others doing exactly the same thing,” the source said.

    http://morningstaronline.co.uk/a-180b-Fury-at-arrest-of-eight-arms-fair-protesters#.Wa_P8cZpwdU

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  6. Thursday 7th September 2017

    posted by Morning Star in Britain

    Britain’s protests against DSEI gathers strength

    by Steve Sweeney and Peter Lazenby

    LORRIES loaded with weapons and military equipment were halted for a second day yesterday as peaceful protesters blocked the entrance to the world’s biggest arms fair which opens next week in London.

    Members of the Yorkshire Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND) chained themselves together across the entrance road to the Excel centre, blocking it for at least two hours before police cut them loose and arrested them.

    Trident Ploughshares campaigners also held a banner condemning Britain’s nuclear weapons system with the words: “Trident is terrorism.”

    The demonstration is part of week-long action organised by Campaign Against Arms Trade opposing the DSEI arms fair.

    Details of those invited to attend DSEI have been kept secret, although the world’s top 10 arms producers, including BAE Systems and Lockheed Martin, will be present.

    Trident Ploughshares vowed to shut the arms fair down, warning that the weapons will be sold to regimes committing war crimes and abusing human rights.

    This included Saudi Arabia, whose bombing of Yemen has led to a cholera epidemic that has affected 600,000 people, the World Health Organisation has reported.

    Trident Ploughshares spokeswoman Angie Zelter said: “Our taxpayers’ money is being used to arm those involved in wars and repression. Many of the arms dealers deal in illegal weapons of mass destruction and are implicated in nuclear weapons and we consider that part of an ongoing conspiracy to commit a war crime.”

    During the protest, a Welsh choir led a chorus of “we are singing for our lives” as activists lay down on the road and locked themselves to lumps of concrete. Local businesses have offered their support to a camp at the site, donating food and supplies to the activists.

    The activists condemned the “heavy-handed” police, accusing officers of being “arrest happy,” with a number of Quakers detained on Tuesday.

    And, on Monday, police faced accusations of racism after it was alleged that a black press photographer was singled out and arrested.

    http://morningstaronline.co.uk/a-daa3-Activists-block-road-in-bid-to-shut-arms-fair#.WbD7ssZpwdU

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