Actions against this year's 6th biennial DSEi Arms Fair at the ExCel Centre in London's Docklands kicked off last week in the run up to the event. This week's resistance began with a candlelit vigil on Monday night followed by a day of action of Tuesday, dawning to reveal a subvertised billboard as well as a huge 'Destroy DSEi' banner hung between cranes. A critical mass of cyclists was out and about all day with explosive sounds and various groups blockaded entrances to the arms fair and death dealing companies such as Aerospace Defence & Security Group. There were die-ins all over the place, including outside the BAe Systems building and at the National Gallery, where the official arms fair reception was held on Tuesday evening, guests being greeted with chants of "Scum!"
Actions in Westminster during the day included a CAAT 'supermarket shopping' event and a Christian demonstration against drones with street theatre. This later moved on to General Atomics, which makes the British Reaper drone. A priest from Bradford was allowed to reach the main DSEi entrance after announcing that he'd come to perform the official exorcism. Many other actions and visual events took place in and around Docklands. FIT were all over the place, some thinly disguised as ordinary cops, with FITwatchers keeping a close eye on them. Two arrests were reported during the day, one for spray painting anti- arms fair slogans and one for fence climbing. Several more arrests were reported outside the National Gallery in the evening. [More]
On Wednesday, around 15 people marched from central London to the Excel centre. Despite a blanket 30-day ban on marches still in place in the City of London and the borough of Tower Hamlets, there was no police harassment.
See full timeline here.
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Wednesday's march | Bubbles Not Bombs | Protestors ejected from National Gallery | YouTube: Critical Mass | YouTube: Drones protest | Towards an 'ethical' Arms Trade? | Cluster Bombs | Torture Equipment
As arms companies add the last touches to their macabre exhibits, and military representatives from repressive regimes begin entering the country, activists are preparing to launch a wave of disruptive actions against Europe's largest Arms fair. DSEi will hold its 6th Arms Fair at the Excel Centre in London's Docklands from September 13th to 16th.
Last Thursday, activists from CAAT picketed the RBS in Bishopsgate, which was the advertised location for a pre-DSEI event crassly entitled "Middle East: A vast market for defence and security companies". After the protest was advertised on Indymedia, twitter and Facebook, the organisers claimed the event had been cancelled and removed the advert from the web. However, the event did go ahead at another location.
On the same day, two banks in Bristol, Lloyds TSB and Halifax Broadmead announced that they would not open on Saturday because of an advertised protest by Bristol Against DSEi.
On Saturday activists in kayaks disrupted the journey of the naval Destroyer HMS Dauntless as it attempted to sail from Tilbury Docks to the Excel Centre. The size of the ship means that it can only navigate the river at high tide, and its progress was disrupted for about four hours after the kayakers' intervention. The ship is due to be used as a reception space and for demonstrations during the event.
A coalition of groups under the umbrella of Stop The Arms Fair have promised a wave of actions during the event, with a day of action called for the opening day on the 13th. Planned actions include a Critical Mass in the morning followed by a call to be at Custom House en masse at 10am, an action at the Clarion Defence and Security offices in Earls Court, Bubbles Not Bombs, Sparkles Not Shrapnel, disruption of DLR trains taking delegates to the event, a mass lobby, and a die-in outside BAE at 5pm.
The Arms Dealers Dinner will this year take place, on Thursday 15th, inside the Excel compound, and a Critical mass will leave Bank at 3.30pm to meet up with other protesters.
Disarm DSEi, one of the groups organising the protests said "Tell the arms dealers what you think of their deadly wares and show them that their journey to DSEi will not be an easy ride. It's time to stop the arms dealers in their tracks and make DSEi 2011 a year to remember"Past coverage: 2001 | 2003 | 2005 | 2007| 2009
Three police officers all thought to work for The National Public Order Intelligence Unit (NPOIU), a political police unit with extensive links to large corporations, have been exposed by activists in the UK.
Two of them are known to have worked outside of UK police jurisdiction. All have actively taken part in illegal activity.
Cop Infiltrators: PC Mark Kennedy AKA "Mark (Flash) Stone", "Lyn Watson", "Mark (Marco) Jacobs" and PC Jim Boyling, "Jim Sutton" | Undercover police officer back in the spotlight | Guilty verdict in Ratcliffe trial | Mark Kennedy/Stone exposed as undercover cop
Mark Kenney: A detailed chronology of his activities | Kennedy Mania in the Mainstream Media | Officer 'B' revealed as Cardiff based 'Marco' Jacobs | Mark Kennedy: secret policeman's sideline as corporate spy | Post Flash Fallout, Lessons and Activist security | I can't forgive Mark Kennedy's betrayal of activists | IMPORTANT: A respectful request to all activists regarding Mark "Stone" | Undercover police officer back in the spotlight | Release the Kennedy Files | Ratcliffe: 2nd Court Case of 6 activist Collapses | Ratcliffe trial collapses! | An account of Marco Jacobs' time in Brighton | Cardiff Anarchist Network (CAN)on the infiltration by 'Marco'
On 21st October 2010 a statement posted to Indymedia revealed that Nottingham based activist "Mark Stone" was in fact PC Mark Kennedy and he was an "undercover police officer from 2000 to at least the end of 2009". This news didn't get picked up in a big way by the corporate press until a story was spun that the trail of the Ratcliffe 6 had collapsed because he had "gone native" and had considered testifying for the defense. The "gone native" story was probably police disinformation.
In an interview with the Mail on Sunday (16th January 2011), for which he was allegedly paid a six figure sum, Mark Kennedy stated that he had taped a planning meeting at which the defendants were present. The Mail goes on to say that the "covert recordings he supplied police proved undeniably that the six men facing trial last week for conspiracy to commit aggravated trespass were innocent". The same Mail article also contains the claim that Mark Kennedy, "knows of at least 15 other officers who infiltrated the ranks of green campaigners in the past decade and of four who remain undercover". The Guardian has reported that an activist who knew him has said "The trouble with Mark is you don't know what is real, he was an absolutely extraordinary liar trained by the British state."
The media frenzy has also led to three further undercover police officers being exposed, Officer A, "Lyn Watson" who was undercover in Leeds from 2004 till 2008, Officer B, "Mark (Marco) Jacobs", who appeared in Brighton in 2004 and then moved to Cardiff in 2005 and was active there till 2009 and PC Jim Boyling, "Jim Sutton". A summary of the activities of the 3 agent provocateurs has been put together and activists are asked to publish any better photos or information about their political activity to this thread.
Legal Statments: Bindmans comments on collapse of prosecution against 6 environmental campaigners at Nottingham Crown Court today | Bindmans seek disclosure of material of convicted power station activists | Statement from Mike Schwarz, Lawyer to the Defendants
Feature Articles: Three undercover political Police unmasked as infiltrators into UK Anarchist, Anti-Fascist and Climate Justice movements | Undercover police officer back in the spotlight | Guilty verdict in Ratcliffe trial | Mark Kennedy/Stone exposed as undercover cop
Newswire: Photos of undercover Cop Simon Wellings | The Guardian-Mark Kennedy: Confessions of an undercover cop | The Real Facts Regarding Mark Kennedy’s Infiltration of Saving Iceland | Mark Kenney: A detailed chronology of his activities | Exposed: police spy in Worthing | Mark Cassidy undercover 1995 - 2000 | 'Peter Black' undercover 1993 to 1997 | Jim Sutton - undercover cop in Reclaim the Streets | New Photos of Officer A "Lynn Watson" and Officer B "Mark Jacobs" | Jim Sutton - undercover cop in Reclaim the Streets | An account of Marco Jacobs' time in Brighton | Statement from Cardiff Anarchist Network (CAN) on the infiltration by Mark ‘Marc | Exposure of police spy in UK sheds light on covert operations | Officer "B" Marco Jacobs- further info and photos | Ratcliffe trial last two sentences | Did the CPS unlawfully authorise undercover work? | Three undercover political Police unmasked as infiltrators into UK Anarchist, Anti-Fascist and Climate Justice movements | Kennedy Mania in the Mainstream Media | Kennedy/Stone talks to Mail on Sunday | Three undercover political Police unmasked as infiltrators into UK Anarchist, Anti-Fascist and Climate Justice movements | Officer 'B' revealed as Cardiff based 'Marco' Jacobs | Mark Kennedy: secret policeman's sideline as corporate spy | Post Flash Fallout, Lessons and Activist security | The 'censored' Mark Kennedy article | I can't forgive Mark Kennedy's betrayal of activists | IMPORTANT: A respectful request to all activists regarding Mark "Stone" | Undercover police officer back in the spotlight | Release the Kennedy Files | Ratcliffe: 2nd Court Case of 6 activist Collapses | Ratcliffe trial collapses! | Judge sentences 18 of Ratcliffe defendants | Statement from the defendants | Ratcliffe Trial Day 15 – Jury says Guilty | Activists found guilty in Ratcliffe coal climate trial | Ratcliffe Trial Day 14 – Jury Still Retired | Ratcliffe Day 10 – Defence calls more Defendants | Ratcliffe Trial Day 9 – Defence Calls More Experts
Two weeks into Israels latest war of aggression against the people of Palestine over 800 people are dead, over 257 of which are children. Around the world there have been militant protests and this weekend saw the second UK national demonstration since the invasion took place in London. Between 50,000 and 100,000 people took part in the march which went from London's Hyde Park to the Israeli embassy. Other demonstrations and actions took place across the country over the whole weekend.
See the whole timeline of events
London: eye witness reports | injuries during demo | another report | photos from demo | more photos 1 | more photos 2 | more photos | anarchist bloc | scuffles behind embassy | riot photos | Ahava store occupied | Song Protest during Pro-Israel rally
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Katy Bourne Sussex Police Crime commissioner
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East Sussex Social Services
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22-09-2014 23:07 | 11 comments
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07-09-2014 22:07 | 1 comment
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06-09-2014 14:05 | 1 comment
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06-09-2014 11:53 | 2 comments
NATO banquet at Cardiff Castle Thursday 4th September 2014
06-09-2014 11:15 | 1 comment
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04-09-2014 10:13 | 1 comment
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12-08-2014 19:58 | 4 comments
KRONOS - Global Paymaster
23-07-2014 01:22 | 3 comments
Fascists given free reign in newcastle
10-05-2014 14:56 | 3 comments
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16-04-2014 16:23 | 2 comments
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31-01-2014 20:26 | 2 comments
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22-01-2014 14:56 | 2 comments
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19-01-2014 22:40 | 2 comments
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08-10-2013 10:28 | 1 comment
Appropriate policing of a TUC demo?
30-09-2013 13:36 | 4 comments
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07-09-2013 07:04 | 3 comments
Ian Tomlinson was condemned by BBC News presenter Chris Eakin within minutes
06-08-2013 01:27 | 3 comments
South Africa’s Dirty Cops: Licensed to Kill
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18-07-2013 07:50 | 15 comments
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03-07-2013 20:56 | 2 comments
Nkululeko Gwala Murdered in Cato Crest
03-07-2013 07:20 | 1 comment
100,000 March Demanding End To Rich-Poor Divide In Chile
Undercover Police Officers Licensed to Rape and Discredit UK Citizens
24-06-2013 08:51 | 8 comments
6 torched vehicles at UKBA crime team building & Tascor transporters smashed
22-06-2013 12:09 | 9 comments
Call-out for solidarity: Sleepless in Istanbul III
17-06-2013 09:42 | 1 comment
Audio: Sheffield Stop G4S Meeting
15-06-2013 11:34 | 1 comment
StopG8 Statement on Protests and Police Violence 11 June
12-06-2013 00:32 | 2 comments
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10-06-2013 18:37 | 1 addition | 3 comments
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07-06-2013 09:03 | 1 comment
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01-06-2013 20:46 | 1 comment
Hunting Wildlife Crime Officer Removed From Post
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10-05-2013 10:55 | 1 comment
Attacks on Mitie in Bristol
15-04-2013 15:42 | 1 comment
Bomb Diffused Close to Next G8 Summit Hotel
25-03-2013 11:56 | 8 comments
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05-03-2013 06:29 | 1 comment
UK peace activist faces deportation by Israeli occupation authorities
04-03-2013 12:40 | 3 comments
Katy Bourne Sussex Police Crime Commissioner
01-03-2013 17:55 | 1 addition | 2 comments
Schedule 7 of the Terrorism Act 2000: A police snooping tool
01-03-2013 13:58 | 1 comment
The Black Panther Party’s Living Legacy --with Billy X Jennings
04-02-2013 21:43 | 3 comments
Katy Bourne Sussex Police Crime Commissioner
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29-01-2013 22:05 | 3 comments
BBC South East News 28th Jan 2013 Re: Combe Haven Defenders
29-01-2013 20:34 | 2 comments
Hunger Strike in Parliament Square - day 25
20-01-2013 00:32 | 3 comments
State Using ‘Secret Evidence’ To Try And Keep John Bowden Behind Bars
08-01-2013 20:51 | 4 comments
UG#605 - The Institutionalized Shadows of Psychopaths (Histories of the CIA/FBI)
04-01-2013 21:20 | 1 comment
Barbara Tucker now on hunger strike: started Thursday 27th
31-12-2012 16:36 | 2 comments
Cardiff French embassy is target over police repression as busy month is topped
23-12-2012 22:25 | 1 comment
European Police Congress in Berlin
Police places pressure on relatives and friends of jailed Russian antifascists
08-12-2012 19:59 | 1 comment
Abuse of Process: Factors in Prosecution Denial of Assange London Interview.
30-11-2012 16:19 | 1 comment
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22-11-2012 19:49 | 1 addition | 4 comments
U.S. Senate bill Rewritten So Cops / Feds Can Read Your Email Without Warrants
21-11-2012 14:43 | 1 comment
G8 location announced by Cameron
20-11-2012 15:49 | 1 comment
Sole Survivor of Tragic Sea Crossing Blames Police for Deaths of Migrants
05-11-2012 16:23 | 4 comments
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03-11-2012 18:20 | 1 comment
Rape Victim Fury at Julian Assange Prosecutor, Marianne Ny
29-10-2012 21:29 | 5 comments
Autumn in Parliament Square – Barbara Tucker arrest number 46
Norwegian activist: Breivik trial has taught us a lot about far right networks
22-09-2012 00:45 | 7 comments
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17-09-2012 10:52 | 1 comment
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31-08-2012 06:27 | 1 comment
Simon Kirby MP Exposed
Crime Commissioner For Sussex Police
27-08-2012 18:24 | 1 comment
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24-08-2012 12:22 | 11 comments
Man who armed Black Panthers was FBI informant, records show
24-08-2012 10:40 | 1 comment
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23-08-2012 18:01 | 1 comment
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America’s Vassal Acts Decisively and Illegally
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