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Get ready to join in the resistance to DSEI 2021.

Every two years, the global arms trade comes to London. DSEI, one of the world’s largest arms fairs, returns to London’s Docklands 14th – 17th September 2021.

This is where those who profit from war, repression and injustice do business. This is where we can stop them.

1,700+ arms companies plan to set up shop, marketing their lethal wares to an expected 36,000+ attendees from around the world. This year they will be joined by companies selling surveillance equipment, drones and other tools of repression to police and state agencies, as Counter Terror Expo takes place alongside DSEI.

Arms fair organisers Clarion hope that DSEI will mark the arms industry’s “commitment to a return to live events”.

More information about action that you can take to stop the return of DSEI will follow soon, but if you want to get involved please get in touch before then!

When the arms fair came to London in 2017, hundreds of people took action to disrupt its set-up.

Charlie Chaplin locked on under a lorry - a police officer is trying to speak to him
Charlie Chaplin joined the resistance at DSEI 2017.

As lorries and trucks transporting armoured vehicles, missiles, sniper rifles, tear gas and bullets attempted to get on site, people from around the world were there to put their bodies in the way.

people holding Palestinian flags and wearing sandwich boards made to look like the apartheid wall stand in front of a truck
People dressed as the Israeli apartheid wall stand in front of a truck at DSEI 2017.

Dabke-dancing, aerobics, an academic conference, a gig on a flatbed truck, abseilers dangling from a bridge, theatre, military veterans undertaking unofficial vehicle checks for banned weapons, Kurdish dancers, rebel clowns, religious gatherings, hip-hop artists, radical picnics, a critical mass of cyclists, Daleks, political choirs, and lots of people in arm-locks all blocked the entrances to the DSEI arms fair repeatedly over the course of a whole week.

one person swings a scarf, many people holding hands dancing in the road, smiling
Kurdish activists dance in the road at DSEI 2017.

Thousands more amplified the protests by signing petitions, lobbying decision-makers, speaking out online and in their own communities, and helping in diverse ways to make the protests possible.

A person wearign a tartan minidress, red neckscarf and small black hat holds a road sign that has been subvertised to say "Stop Wars"
07/09/2017. Protest against DSEI arms fair, at the ExCeL Centre in London. ©David Mirzoeff/Global Justice Now

What could you and others do to help stop the arms fair in 2021?