Occupy vs. the Arms Fair

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Sunday 8 September 2013

Near the ExCeL Centre, which hosts the arms fair.
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Details for action. See also text below.

In 2011 people across the world took to the streets, from Greece to Spain, from Egypt and Bahrain to New York. These uprisings were the first glimpse of a global movement against political and economic injustice. In 2013 the movement continues and has spread to Turkey and Brazil where people face brutal state repression.

Many of the weapons being used against the people in these countries are made by British companies, and sold with the support of the UK government, in a trade subsidised by the taxpayer. All of this in the midst of devastating cuts.Crowd control equipment being advertised with image of protester at DSEI

This September international weapons companies will be meeting warmongers and human rights abusers at one of the world’s largest arms fairs to make the deals that will send deadly weapons around the world to repress the 99%.

From the tear gas in Turkey, Egypt and Brazil to the weapons of the Syrian Assad Regime the DSEI Arms Fair is a global showroom of bloodshed and profit.

Come and create a mass action against the arms fair in solidarity with the international struggles for justice.

Where: Meet 12 noon at Prince Regent station, near the ExCeL Centre in East London.

What to bring: a tent, fun, food, music, banners and water!

Just some of the things happening on the day:  Take part in creative resistance with speakers, music, workshops, art, poetry and theatre – and whatever you bring! Hear from the international solidarity groups resisting state repression in Bahrain, Turkey, Algeria and elsewhere; from Andrew Feinstein, arms trade author and campaigner against corruption and Natalie Bennett, leader of the Green Party in England and Wales; get the lowdown on teargas; watch five star theatre on drones fresh from the Edinburgh festival and enjoy comedy, choirs and more.

See the ExCeL Centre on googlemaps.

The ExCeL Centre is served by three stations on the Docklands Light Railway (DLR) which runs along the Northern perimeter of the site (towards Beckton): We will be meeting at Prince Regent station near the Eastern entrance to the site.

Very unhelpfully, engineering works are planned on the DLR line serving ExCeL on the 8 September. Prince Regent station is three stops on the rail-replacement bus service from Canning Town instead but you may need to allow extra time for your journey.

From Central London, the Jubilee line is generally the quickest way to get to Canning Town.

Please note the DLR information page advises:

  • Bicycles are not permitted on replacement bus service.
  • A percentage of replacement buses will have low floor access. However, mobility impaired passengers who require further assistance are advised to call 020 7363 9777 for advice.

Most journeys from London mainline rail-stations should take less than an hour. Check details on TFL’s journey planner.

Prince Regent station is also served by bus routes 147, 300 and 473. Bus 147 is the best alternative to the rail replacement bus from Canning Town. Download a map (PDF) here.

ExCeL is located very close to the Superhighway route CS3 which runs from Barking to Tower Gateway. There is a Critical Mass cycle planned on the day, meeting at Bank Junction at 10am.

Other routes:

  • It’s also possible to travel to ExCeL by river and cable car, which arrives at the Western entrance – although this is a longer and more expensive route.
  • The DLR line (towards Woolwich Arsenal) which runs to the south of the dock is still running, although this is a long walk of approximately 25 minutes to reach Prince Regent station.

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