ARMS COMPANIES plan to hold Europe's largest arms fair from 9 to 12 September in the Docklands area of London. Warships are already cruising the Thames in preparation. Around 1,000 companies will run stalls at the DSEi event, which is attended by representatives of many of the world's most repressive regimes.
At DSEi in 1999 undercover journalists discovered illegal anti-personnel mines being sold. Disarm DSEi is coordinating protests at the arms fair. This umbrella group involves around 60 organisations, including Globalise Resistance, the Stop the War Coalition, CND and the Campaign Against the Arms Trade.
Protesters from around Europe will attend what they hope will be the largest ever demonstration against the arms trade. There will be a range of actions on 9 and 10 September. Tuesday 9 September will be a day of peaceful protest. The anti-capitalist group Globalise Resistance will lead a march on the Excel centre, where the fair is to be held.
They will assemble at 8.30am in Cundy Road recreation ground, near to Prince Regent Docklands Light Railway station.
For further details of the planned action, go to www.dsei.org