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Borders and Migration Day of Action (Day 7 – Week of Action, Stop the Arms Fair 2019)

8 September 2019
11:30 - 20:00
ExCeL Centre, Eastern Entrance, Royal Albert Way London
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Blocking and exposing the arms fair in 2017

10 September 2018
DSEI (Defence & Security Equipment International) is one of the world’s largest arms fairs. Hundreds of people got in the way of its set-up at London’s ExCeL Centre in September 2017. Dabke-dancing, aerobics, a gig on a flatbed truck, abseilers dangling from a bridge, theatre, military veterans undertaking unofficial vehicle checks for banned weapons, Kurdish...
Two activists hold a 'Stop the Arms Fair' banner in front of a dark green armoured vehicle

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

27 March 2017
This page refers to the 2017 Week of Action. For 2019, follow this link for details of what is planned: 2019 Week of Action, Vigils and Art the Arms Fair. 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...
Police in heavily armoured riot gear with guns and shields

Resisting police militarisation and state repression

17 December 2015
What is is: In March 2016 the Home Office, along with the arms industry trade body ADS, are organising “Security and Policing 2016”. They are offering a “discreet environment” for 400 companies who supply police, prisons and the Ministry of Defence to exhibit “the latest developments in the UK security market”. The government’s arms sales...
A crowd of protesters block vehicle from entering DSEI

Round up: an amazing week of action to challenge the arms fair!

17 September 2015
This September saw daily blockades and creative protest by a wide range of groups to try and stop one of the world’s biggest arms fairs from taking place in East London. Read reports on actions taken so far below: Monday 7 September: Day 1: week of action launched with a blockade! Tuesday 8 September: Day 2: armoured...

Day 5: Freedom of movement for people NOT weapons

11 September 2015
On Friday, our day of action brought together numerous groups to show solidarity with refugees and to explore the links between the arms trade, migration and institutional racism.  In the wake of the current crisis in Calais, we wanted to show its unacceptable that instead of welcoming refugees, our government is welcoming arms dealers – the...
A black person with short hair, a grey t shirt and grey jeans speaks into a microphone in front of a banner which reads "Refugees welcome not arms dealers"

Migration and institutional racism: statement by Black Dissidents

11 September 2015
Speech read by a member of Black Dissidents during the ‘Free Movement for People, Not Weapons’ day of action Responsibility of the trade of arms falls on the entire G8, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia, the UK and the United States. It is no surprise that these countries facilitate the movement of people freely, the...

Day 4: ‘Conference at the gates’ …and more great action to challenge the setup of the arms fair!

11 September 2015
Thursday’s day of action focused on the theme of “welfare not warfare” with some excellent speakers and some pretty unique creative action! At the centre of the day, ‘Conference at the gates’ brought together a range of academics, students and activists to present their research in the shadow of the world’s largest arms fair. Blurring the lines...