War, repression and injustice start here: Let’s stop them here

March 27, 2017

When London plays host to one of the world’s largest arms fairs, war, repression and injustice start here.

That’s why a huge and diverse movement is building to shut the arms fair down on 4-11 September before it even gets started.

For four days in September 2017, the international weapons industry plans to set up shop in London at a huge arms fair, DSEI. The weapons sold here fuel the death, destruction and injustice perpetrated by militaries, police forces and at borders around the world. In 2015, hundreds of people took part in a huge week of action to stop the set up of the arms fair – the biggest-ever protests against DSEI. For six days we blocked entrances, disrupting the set-up of the fair.

With the arms fair planning to return in 2017, the protests will be even bigger and – with your help – we plan to shut it down for good!

A week of action has been called for the 4 – 11 September 2017, and we need everyone to help make it happen.

If you’d like to join the action, there’s plenty of ways to get involved. You can:

  • Come to a Stop the Arms Fair event, and get stuck into helping organise action against the DSEI arms fair
  • Book a speaker or workshop on the arms fair for your group by emailing outreach(a)caat.org.uk
  • Join us on 22 – 23 July for It Starts Here, and get skilled up to help stop the arms fair!
  • Pledge to take action in September

War, repression and injustice start here. But so does our resistance.

This is How We Stop It: Manchester

May 6, 2017
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Saturday 6 May 2017
10:00 - 17:00

Bridge 5 Mill
22A Beswick St
Manchester
M4 7HR

For four days in September 2017, the international weapons industry plans to set up shop in London at a huge arms fair: DSEI. The weapons sold here fuel the death, destruction and injustice perpetrated by militaries and police forces, and at borders around the world.

Because war, repression and injustice start here, let’s stop them here.

A huge week of action is planned to stop the set-up of London’s DSEI arms fair between 4-11 September 2017. Come to “This is How We Stop it” in Manchester on 6 May, and join the resistance to DSEI. At this event, activists and groups from across the North and the Midlands will be coming together to develop their plans for the week of action. We’ll also be running some workshops on the day to help you learn more about the DSEI arms fair and get skilled up to stop it. 

Hear from the working groups who are planning actions and see how you could get involved, or spend the afternoon helping to come up with some new ideas!

An amazing, inspiring, effective week of action in September starts here – and we need your help to make it happen. There’s no booking required for this event, but it’d be great if you could let us know if you’re planning to come by emailing outreach(a)caat.org.uk so we can get an idea of numbers. You can also join and share the Facebook event to help us spread the word!

We hope to see you in Manchester on 6 May!

Stop the Arms Fair week of action

September 4, 2017
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Monday 4 September 2017 - Monday 11 September 2017
All day

ExCeL Centre
ExCeL Exhibition Centre, Royal Victoria Dock, 1 Western Gateway,
London
E16 1XL

Week of Action to Stop the Set-up: 4-11 September 2017 #StopDSEI

For four days in September 2017, the international weapons industry plans to set up shop in London at a huge arms fair: DSEI. The weapons sold here fuel the death, destruction and injustice perpetrated by militaries, police forces and at borders around the world.

In 2015, hundreds of people took part in a huge week of action to stop the set up of the arms fair – the biggest-ever protests against DSEI. For six days we blocked entrances, disrupting the set-up of the fair.

With the arms fair planning to return in 2017, the protests will be even bigger and – with your help – we plan to shut it down for good!

War, repression and injustice start here. Let’s stop them here.

Pledge now to help stop the set-up of the DSEI arms fair between 4-11 September 2017, and see our events page for more ways you can get involved!

It Starts Here!

July 22, 2017
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Saturday 22 July 2017 - Sunday 23 July 2017
All day

Amnesty International Human Rights Action Centre
17-25 New Inn Yard
London
EC2A 3EA

When London plays host to one of the world’s largest arms fairs…

War, repression and injustice start here. But so does our resistance.

The weekend of 22 – 23 July is when you can get involved too. Book your tickets now on Eventbrite.

Saturday 22 July, 10am – 5.30pm: Hear from powerful speakers, take part in workshops and learn from the inspiring groups already taking action.

Saturday 22nd July, from 7.30pm: Join us for Dance to Disarm at Rich Mix, for an evening of thought provoking spoken word, politically conscious live music, and DJs dropping floor-filling beats from around the world.

Sunday 23 July 1pm – 5pm: In-depth training to prepare for September’s action. Build the confidence and skills you need to start legal observing, taking direct action and get stuck into prop making!

The day time events are free entry, which includes access to workshops, speakers and training opportunities, and tea and coffee on Saturday and Sunday daytime. There’s a suggested donation on the day or while registering, to help us pay for lunch on Saturday and cover the costs of running the event.

To book your tickets for the daytime events or the full weekend, please visit it-starts-here.eventbrite.co.uk.

Tickets for Dance To Disarm on Saturday night will on sale soon from Rich Mix.

This Is How We Stop It

April 22, 2017
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Saturday 22 April 2017
13:30 - 16:30

Friends House
173 Euston Road
London
NW1 2BJ

This coming September, the international weapons industry plans to set-up shop in London at a huge arms fair: DSEI.

The weapons sold here fuel the death, destruction and injustice perpetrated by militaries, police forces and at borders around the world.

Because war, repression and injustice start here, let’s stop them here.

A huge week of action is planned to stop the set-up of London’s DSEI arms fair between 4-11 September 2017. Come to “This is How we Stop it” at Friend’s House in Euston on 22nd April to hear more about the resistance to the DSEI arms fair, and get stuck into turning the audacious, artistic, inspirational and downright cheeky ideas to stop DSEI into a beautiful reality.

We’ll be meeting from 1.30pm – 4.30pm in The Light meeting rooms at Friends House in Euston. Hear from the working groups who are planning actions and see how you could get involved, or spend the afternoon making props and helping to come up with some new ideas for action!

An amazing, inspiring, effective week of action in September starts here – and you can be part of making it happen!

Please join and share the Facebook event, and help us spread the word!

Activists on trial for trying to stop DSEI

April 13, 2016

Eight people are on trial this week (11-15 April) for trying to stop one of the world’s biggest arms fairs. The trial is taking place at Stratford Magistrates Court from 10am each day and anyone can watch the trial from the public gallery.  Join and share the Facebook event for updates and follow #StopDSEI.

Media coverage of the trial so far:

Security & Policing: the public face of an increasingly repressive nation

March 7, 2016

The government is capitalising on public fear to hold back peaceful dissent in the UK and deepen its ties to repressive regimes around the world.

Large numbers of police block a crowd of protesters
Heavy police presence during protests outside the DSEI arms fair in September 2015

In liberal-democracies like the UK, conservative state powers face a potential barrier: how can they advance militarist agendas, and hold back effective protest movements that challenge their power, whilst still projecting the image of a nation that values freedom and critical debate?

Under the climate of fear that comes with recent terrorist atrocities, policy initiatives pushed under the guise of national security have increasingly far reaching consequences. In times of perceived insecurity, issues become “securitised” when they are presented as a universal threat that requires an extreme response from the state. As we become desensitised to the creeping militarism and surveillance this brings, we are told to let go of our civil liberties and to be more suspicious of those around us.

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Stop the Cardiff Arms Fair

February 9, 2016

On 16 March, a big UK arms fair is being held in Cardiff, and people are planning to resist it.

According to its website, DPRTE (the Defence Procurement, Research, Technology and Exportability exhibition) is the “UK’s Premier Defense Procurement Event” and is now being hosted annually at Cardiff Motorpoint Arena. They hosted the arms fair in Cardiff for the first time in October 2014, with exhibitors including BAE Systems, the world’s 3rd largest arms producer, whose weapons are currently being used in the Saudi attacks on Yemen.

There has been active opposition to DPRTE since 2013. The arms fair had originally been hosted at the UWE campus in Bristol, but was driven out by determined resistance; and has now moved to Cardiff. The protests involved a variety of actions, including blockading the UWE north entrance, causing queues trailing back along the A4174.

What you can do: 

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