Action planned for London arms fair
Arms fair welcomes companies supplying Syria
On 30th August 2013 MPs rejected the possibility of UK military action against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's government to deter the use of chemical weapons. In one of the alleged chemical attacks, investigated by the UN weapon inspectors, 1429 people, including 426 children, were killed.
According to William Hauge, Britain will offer "diplomatic support" to its allies in any military action they choose to take. Yet, the British government have said nothing about stopping the companies that produce these weapons.
From 10th September 2013 the UK will host its annual arms fair at the ExCel Centre in London.
DSEi is the world’s biggest arms fair. For one week every two years, in East London, arms companies display their weapons to buyers from around the world, including authoritarian regimes and countries with serious human rights problems.
The arms fair welcomes:
- The world’s worst human rights abusing regimes
- The Russian arms suppliers to Syrian President Assad
- The companies supplying teargas used in Turkey, Brazil and Bahrain
- Israeli companies displaying “battle-tested” weapons
The UK government helps to organise this arms fair, invites these repressive regimes, and helps arms companies to make deals, at taxpayer expense.
The arms fair brings together 28,000 international buyers and sellers. The deals that begin here fuel the arms trade the world over. Death, injury, fear and repression are exported from the arms companies on our doorstep.
Take action to stop the arms fair
Stop The Arms Fair is a coalition of groups and individuals who have joined forces to put an end to DSEi and all UK arms fairs.
They have a massive week of action planned from 7-14 September to expose the arms fair and make its business as difficult as possible.
Sunday 8th September looks set to be the biggest day: Come and create a mass action against the arms fair with Occupy vs. the Arms Fair from noon.
Check out which actions appeal to you and put the dates in your diary now!
For info during the week, drop in to the info point, Mon-Fri, 9.30am-2.30pm.