East London Against Arms Fairs | 15.07.2010 11:07 | Anti-militarism
Exhibitors at the ExCeL Centre include charities, professional bodies and respectable companies who do not know that they are supporting a venue that helps to trade weapons of death and oppression around the world.
The DSEi arms fair invites unscrupulous arms dealers from countries with no gun control. Advanced weapons are sold to countries at war with each other. Weapons, tanks and missiles are sold to regimes that oppress their own people or attack their neighbours. Delegates from countries that need aid for health services, education or agriculture are persuaded to incur debt to purchase weapons.
While the profits of this arms fair and ExCeL are exported to their owners in New York and Abu Dhabi, the shame of hosting the fair remains in London, and the slaughtered, bereaved and maimed victims are all over the world.