The lines between policing, the army and ‘security’ are becoming blurred and 'counter-terrorism' is being used to clampdown on civil liberties. In the US, a coalition has been taking action against the militarisation of police and institutionalised racism by targeting a major arms fair: Urban Shield.
Last week activists in Brussels disrupted the European Defence Agency's annual conference by pouring blood-red paint at the entrance. Around 30 people were arrested for the action.
In the UK, South Korea and New Zealand, activists have been taking action against the global arms trade. After the marathon of activism against the DSEI arms fair in September, we were off to Seoul, South Korea: to take action against the ADEX arms fair.
This time last month we were taking action against one of the world's biggest arms fairs in London. This week, we are in South Korea getting ready for the International Aerospace & Defense Exhibition. Many of the same arms companies and military delegations, including the UK government's arms promotion's unit, will be
Last week, despite the 'five security checks' and the 'defensive ring' to keep unwanted guests out, anti-war activist Martin Powell managed to infiltrate the DSEI arms fair and live tweeted photos from inside. https://twitter.com/spokenwordnerd/status/644179512872316928 Martin is also a performance poet and wrote this poem about his experience inside the arms fair:
The Stop the Arms Fair tour of the UK will be coming to Manchester on Saturday 22nd August. Join activists from across the North to find out more about the arms fair, and share ideas to take action against it!
We're on tour across the UK in the run up to the DSEI arms fair. Join activists from across the West Midlands on Tuesday 25 August for an interactive workshop to find out more about the DSEI arms fair, and link up with others interested in taking action against it. Whether you’re new to campaigning
The aim is to build networks of solidarity in opposition to the arms trade, to explore forms of academic practice that don’t stop at the university walls, and to directly disrupt the setup of the arms fair. Blurring lines between theory and practice, academics from a range of disciplines will gather at this event to