PROTESTERS ARE organising to challenge Britain's biggest arms exhibition, due to be held in London on 9-12 September. More than 600 companies and suppliers have already booked stands at the fair, which is funded by the Ministry of Defence.
Amanda Dubeck, a member of Globalise Resistance, explained to Socialist Worker why people were gearing up to protest at the Defence Systems Equipment International (DSEi) fair:
'This is set to be the biggest arms fair in Europe. The protests are important because we see them as the only European focus for solidarity with the protests against the WTO in Cancun, Mexico, which will be taking place at the same time. Some 40 different groups have come together to organise a whole week of events and actions. On 6 September there is going to be a unity march through central London. On 7 and 8 September we are planning a counter-conference, with forums and discussions. For 9 September we are planning a demo at Custom House DLR station. And on 10 and 11 September, the most important days, we are planning direct actions and further demonstrations. Everyone who opposes war and militarism should come along.'
For more information phone Globalise Resistance on 020 7053 2071.