It was then that someone in that little group formulated a cunning plan...instead of following the main march and getting Section 60ed again, why not go through the estate and try to actually get to the Conference Centre? Off we went then, unfortunately only followed by about 50 other protestors, but we had a fun time roaming around the Canning Town estate, trying to outwit the police with our trusty A-Zs. We actually almost managed to get into the Custom House DLR station (the Conference Centre was protected by a railway line on one side and a river on the other, so the only way to it was over bridges or through stations), but were denied at the last moment by a few vanloads of police....gutted.
After several hours drumming, shouting at besuited people who may or may not have been conference delegates, and talking to local people, I wandered off to the Christian Community Cafe, which seemed to be doing a wonderful job offering tea, news and advice to those confused over the WTC affair in America. Unfortunately that was the end of my day due to circumstances I couldn't control, but it hadn't been all bad. True, we hadn't ended the arms trade, but I saw a lot of support from local people, which was really heartening, and there was no doubt that the delegates all knew that we were there. On the bad side were the constant police searches and the lack of a coherent plan on our side....but theres still three days to go of the Conference, so who knows what can still happen. Good luck to all of you who are attending actions...we can still Disarm DSEI!