Anti-arms trade, peace and other activists are travelling form Bristol & the south west to London over the next few days to protest at & around the Excel centre in East London, location for the DSEi (Defence Systems & Equipment International) arms fair. At the same time a solidarity vigil has been called in Bristol for Wednesday 14 September, 5pm, opposite the Hippodrome, St Augustines Parade, central Bristol.
Not surprisingly, given the unpopularity of the war on Iraq and the general belief that this has caused an escalation in armed conflicts worldwide, the arms fair has received little mainstream publicity. Nor has the fact that it is strongly backed by the British Government. After all, some people could reach the conclusion that the sale of all those weapons may not be the best way to reduce armed conflict and governmental & religious extremism.
For those who would like to know more, click on the links below. To check out the numerous exhibitors at DSEi from Cornwall, Devon, Gloucestershire & Somerset, including Filton’s very own BAE (see ‘DSEi Exhibitor Addresses’ at http://www.dsei.org
Official DSEi site: http://www.dsei.co.uk/
Main protest sites: http://www.dsei.org/
More info: http://www.indymedia.org.uk/en/actions/2005/dsei/
Good article: http://www.redpepper.org.uk/KYE/x-kye-Sep2005.htm