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.
Repression starts here: Despite UK-made weaponry being used to suppress protests in Bahrain, the country’s brutal rulers were among 14 authoritarian regimes invited by the UK government to shop for weapons at DSEI 2013.
Environmental destruction starts here: Governments routinely put military spending before tackling climate change. The UK spends 25 times more on weapons research than research into renewable energy.
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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
Start by contacting the companies which supplied the arms fair in 2013. Ask them: Do they really want their brand associated with conflict and human rights abuses? Is the arms fair’s business worth losing other customers for?
Grim reapers outside arms fairs in Brno, London and Seoul
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.
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Most people don’t like the idea of the arms trade. We all know that. Arms companies can only get away with fairs to trade their wares by doing it in secret.
This year, we want to make sure everyone knows that. Help us out: send a letter to your local newspaper letting them know that DSEi’s happening and highlighting the arms fair exhibitors in your town.
You can find your local paper’s website via the Newspaper Society list or this postcode search.
We’ve even included a sample letter below, courtesy of London CAAT member Ian! You can add details of the arms companies in your area to make it even more relevant to your local paper!
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.
Cross-posted from Arms Dealers on Trial
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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.
DSEi (“Defence Security Equipment International”), is the world’s largest arms fair, and takes place every two years in East London. It is jointly held and heavily subsidised by the British government. DSEi has hosted arms companies from more than 50 countries, with around 1500 exhibitors registered as selling arms, missiles, fighter aircrafts, tanks, military electronics and warships, as well as surveillance and riot control equipment. At the last DSEi arms fair around 30,000 buyers and sellers came from countries such as Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Bahrain, Israel, Mexico and Colombia. Anti-militarist activists and peace campaigners have engaged a diversity of tactics to disrupt the arms fair.
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.
The five Christians whose action blocked the Custom House entrance to the arms fair on 10th September have been found not guilty of aggravated trespass.
Christian protesters blocked the main visitors entrance for an hour on the opening day of the arms fair – one of many effective direct actions during the week.
It was the video evidence supplied by the police for purposes of prosecution which helped the five win the case, ironically. They had not received clear instructions as to what to do when they left the Excel ground, it was decided. You can read more about the outcome of the trial here.