This September, one of the world’s biggest arms fairs is coming to London’s ExCeL centre. Help us to stop it! Join us for a week of action at the ExCeL Centre from 7 – 12 September.
The DSEI arms fair is where arms companies showcase their weapons and make deadly deals with buyers from across the world, including those from countries with serious human rights problems. The arms fair, due to take place on 15-18 September, involves more than 1000 companies and 30,000 attendees.
We have to stop these companies profiting from conflict and repression. Join us from 7 September for a week of action in the run up to the arms fair to make it as difficult as possible for it to go ahead. Each day different groups will be organising actions highlighting the different impacts of the arms trade and repression.
Exhibition equipment and military hardware will be rolling (or sailing) into ExCeL – let’s stop it getting to its destination.
On Saturday 12 September there will be a big day of action on the weekend before the arms fair begins to stop the arms dealers going about their deadly business. Join the Facebook event and invite others too!
By London underground and DLR:
The Excel Centre is on the Dockland Light Railway (known as the DLR), which connects to the London underground (and you can use your oyster card, just as with all other transport systems in London).
You will probably want to join the DLR either at Bank station (which connects with Central and Northern line) or at Stratford station, which connects with Central and with London overground).
(handy hint: if you get on the DLR at Stratford, there are lots of different platforms: you need platform 17).
An alternative way to go is to take the Jubilee line all the way to Canning Town, and join the DLR there.
Whichever of the above routes you take, you will need to travel on the DLR line to Prince Regent station (final destination will be marked as: Beckton).
In September, the world’s weapons industry plans to arrive in London for a huge arms fair: Defence & Security Equipment International (DSEI). The results of DSEI are felt around the world as people are killed, economies are devastated, refugees are traumatised and peaceful protest is crushed.
War starts here: Despite Israel’s brutal attacks on Gaza last summer which Save the Children described as a “war on children”, it will host a pavilion at the arms fair to market its “battle-tested” weapons.
The DSEI arms fair fuels conflict and repression around the world. 1500 arms companies push sales of drones, tanks, missiles and all kinds of killing equipment. But it couldn’t happen without its civilian suppliers. By naming and shaming them, we can begin to make the arms fair unworkable.
We’re documenting the civilian suppliers to the arms fair on Storify here. Below you can take action to challenge the #armstradeenablers
Take action against one of the world’s largest arms fairs on 7-12 September 2015
The Defence & Security Equipment International arms fair (DSEI) sells everything from bullets to battleships, bringing together 1500 arms companies and representatives from over 100 countries. The results of DSEI are felt around the world as people are killed, economies are devastated, refugees are traumatised and peaceful protest is crushed.
When the world’s arms industry arrives in London in September, Stop the Arms Fair coalition will do all we can to stand in its way. We’ve called a week of action at the venue to stop the arms fair being set up. The week will culminate in a mass day of action on Saturday 12th September, the weekend before the arms fair begins.
The arms fair may take place in London, but the exhibitors are located at hundreds of sites across the UK and around the world. Visit www.caat.org.uk/on-our-doorstep to see CAAT’s map of the arms trade and find your nearest arms company.
In defiance of corporate pressure, the film Arms Trade On Trial has been released, which documents our attempts to hold arms dealers from the DSEI arms fair to account for the promotion of illegal torture weapons.
The activists who were trying to bring a private prosecution against arms companies that exhibited at the DSEI have unfortunately had to discontinue their legal action. You can read their statement on the Arms Dealers on Trial website.
This week we (a group of those arrested at the DSEI arms fair 2013) have begun private prosecution proceedings against arms companies who exhibited at DSEI 2013. French company Magforce International and Chinese company Tianjin MyWay International Trading will be summonsed to appear at Thames Magistrates Court to answer information about alleged crimes including the unlawful promotion for sale of leg irons, electric stun batons and electric stun guns.
Yesterday (Tuesday 18 February 2014) the CPS dropped its charges against the activists arrested during the day of action against the DSEI Arms Fair on 8 September 2013. Different activists had been charged with different offences including obstruction of the highway and obstructing a police officer.