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Manchester activists plan to disrupt weapons sales at DSEI, the world’s biggest arms fair

8 August 2017
Military delegations from around the world will head to London for Defence & Security Equipment International (DSEI) – the world’s biggest arms fair – on the 12-15 September. Many of these delegations will be from countries with abominable human rights records. At DSEI, they will meet weapons industry salespeople who will have filled the ExCeL...
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The business of war

8 August 2017
Sue Hampton writes about why she wants to do peace witness at an arms fair. I am sixty years old. I am shy by nature and I have never broken the law. For the last couple of years I have been attending Berkhamsted Quaker Meeting, where I have felt a sense of homecoming. I am...

Meditate for peace at the arms fair

7 August 2017
Wake Up London are a group of young adults inspired by the peace work of the Buddhist teacher, poet and peace activist Thich Nhat Hanh. We will be present at the DSEI arms fair again this year to show our belief in peace and a more compassionate world. The Wake Up movement began around 10...
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“It is up to each of us to stop the killing where it starts”: No retrial for Stop DSEI activists

27 July 2017
In 2015, a group of eight activists were arrested while taking action against the DSEI arms fair, and later acquitted as a judge ruled they took action to prevent a greater crime. The Winter Oak reports on the CPS challenge to their acquittal- you can read a longer version of this article at winteroak.org.uk. In a judgement handed...
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Camping at DSEI 2017

25 July 2017
The week of action to #StopDSEI involves days of talks, events and direct action. Alongside the themed days of action, there will be a tent based occupation running from Monday 4th to Sunday 10th September. If you have to travel far to join the week of action you might want to bring a tent and...
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War, repression and injustice start here: Let’s stop them here

27 March 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 4th – 11th September before it even gets started. For four days in September 2017, the international weapons industry plans to...
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One Year to Stop the Arms Fair

23 August 2016
As part of an international month of action against arms fairs, CAAT is launching “One Year to #StopDSEI”.
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Activists found Not Guilty on the grounds of trying to prevent a greater crime

25 May 2016
The eight activists from Peru, Chile, Bahrain, Belgium and the UK who were arrested for taking action at the DSEI arms fair last September were found not guilty on the ground of trying to prevent a greater crime.