Protesters to target London arms fair with two weeks of resistance

Protests against the DSEI arms fair will begin on 4th September

  • Campaigners are getting ready to resist Defence and Security Equipment International (DSEI), one of the world’s largest arms fairs. DSEI is taking place at the ExCeL centre in London between 12th-15th September. Protests will begin on 4th September for two weeks, with the first week targeting the setting up of the arms fair.
  • Over 2,800 defence and security suppliers will be courting deals with representatives from human-rights abusing regimes, including Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Bahrain, Qatar, and Israel. Campaigners argue that the deals done at DSEI lead to death and devastation across the world.
  • Stop the Arms Fair (STAF) is coordinating the fortnight of resistance, with other groups organising specific events or days. These days will highlight the intersections of the arms trade and the different areas and communities it impacts including migrant justice, arms sales to Israel, the climate crisis, policing and prisons and more.

Emily Apple, Campaign Against Arms Trade’s Media Coordinator said:

DSEI is a marketplace in death and destruction. Deals done at DSEI will cause misery across the world, causing global instability, and devastating people’s lives. Representatives from regimes such as Saudi Arabia, who have used UK-made weapons to commit war crimes in Yemen, will be wined and dined and encouraged to buy yet more arms.

Arms dealers do not care about peace or security. They care about perpetuating conflict, because conflict increases profits for their shareholders. Meanwhile this government has shown repeatedly that it cares more about the money made from dodgy deals with dictators than it does about the people whose lives will be ruined by the sales made at DSEI.

It’s therefore down to all of us to take action to resist DSEI and to shut this arms fair down for good.

Notes to editors:

  1. See Events – Stop the Arms Fair for a full list of events announced so far.
  2. For more information about DSEI see CAAT – Defence & Security Equipment International and CAAT – 5 reasons why we should all resist DSEI
  3. For more information about UK weapons and their use in Yemen see CAAT – The war on Yemen’s civilians
  4. For more information, interviews, photos of past DSEI protests contact [email protected]

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