On Sunday 8 September 2013, four members of Veterans For Peace UK joined Occupy Vs The Arms Fair at London Excel. This was part of a week of protests and actions against the DSEI Arms Fair.
DSEi 2013 features over 1,300 arms companies from around the world, displaying arms ranging from rifles to tanks to fighter jets to battleships. They will be joined by arms dealers, “trade visitors” and military delegations, including countries involved in conflict and from human rights abusing regimes, as well as those with desperately underfunded development needs.
Around one in three of the world’s military’s are likely to be at the arms fair. Adversaries will browse alongside each other for weapons to use against each other.
It will all take place in secret, behind heavily protected security fences and police lines – designed to allow arms dealers to trade their wares unhindered by transparency or public protest – and subsidised by the UK taxpayer.
A week of Protests and Actions against the Arms Fair can be found on Stop The Arms Fair website