From the new August Issue of Corporate Watch
welcome to the fair...
"Set against the backdrop of a stunning waterfront environment"*
...Taking place in the third poorest borough in Britain.
"Numerous modern restaurant facilities, business and press centres... Gourmet coffee, sushi, pastrami... fresh cold sea food... Italian cuisine and wines"*
..."Welcome to Newham Council... for payment, please press one... for council tax or housing benefit, please press two... for environment or abandoned vehicles please press four..."
"Defence Systems Equipment International... (DSEi)... Officially opened by the UK Secretary of State for Defence... Organised in association with the Ministry of Defence... An excellent platform from which (exhibitors) can present their latest offerings..."*
..."There has been some feeling among Newham councillors, yes. Strong feeling. But basically the council has no control over what they decide to do here"
..."I live here, on this estate, with my family. I never knew it was happening next door. It’s very upsetting. People should not spend this money on killing each other"
*"DSEI 2001... broke records in size and attendance... 664 exhibitors from 21 countries... 59 official overseas delegations from 45 countries... official representation from a further 23 countries"
..."In 2001 there were representatives from Uganda and Angola shopping here for weapons. At the time, their troops were butchering each other and thousands of civilians in the Congo. They were here to buy more weapons so the slaughter could be done better"
"Thousands of protestors from all over the world are expected to travel to the UK to help stop Europe’s biggest trade fair for guns, bombs, military planes, small arms, mines and tanks. The arms trade, of which DSEi is an important part, is an international political business made up of multinational companies that make products to kill and maim for profit"
Campaign group Disarm DSEi
"I don’t personally have a moral problem with it, no"
(James Grant, representative of Spearhead, DSEi’s organisers)
"It’s about defence"
(MOD Export Sales Spokesman)
The UK: the world’s second biggest arms exporter.
The venue: the ExCel Exhibition Centre, Docklands, London.
The date: 9 - 12th September 2003
FOR MORE INFORMATION
Disarm DSEi http://www.dsei.org
Campaign Against the Arms Trade http://www.caat.org.uk
(All * quotes from http://www.dsei.co.uk)