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UK Anti-militarism Newswire Archive
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This afternoon a crowd of people blockaded the western entrance to the Excel Centre, host to the DSEi arms fair. The gate was shut to traffic in both directions and arms fair attendees re-routed to the other side of the Excel complex. After some time the police looked like they were preparing to surround people and push them into the 'designated protest zone', so the protestors once again took to the flyover road before moving off to make there presence felt elsewhere.
A few misc pix from today's day of direct action against the DSEi arms fair of death, held at the Excel Centre in East London (14/09/05):
Around six people blockaded one half of the silvertown way flyover heading towards the Excel Centre near Canning Town station this morning, the blockade lasting until late afternoon. They used what looked like two metal containers (sort of small metal barrels) filled with concrete, with their arms locked on inside. They recieved lots of support from other campaigners as police took their pictures and the cutting crews slowly cut them out of the lockons. At some point a car was used to block the other side of the road, being abandoned with the tyres let down. Later Critical Mass cyclists and others on foot blocked the rest of the flyover.
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Pics from today's action stopping trains going to the Excel centre and the DSEi arms fair at Canning Town train station, delaying arms dealers / buyers getting to the fair (wed 14th June)
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There will be a 'Meditation for Peace' in Parliament Square this evening at 5pm.
Photos from last night and this morning, including the start of this mornings critical mass
Audio of the first three speeches made at the end of the CAAT march against the dsei arms fair - tuesday 13th september 2005.
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At about 11am yesterday, about 20 people attempted to blockade the bridge at Custom House DLR, right by one of the most popular entrances to ExCel, home of DSEi.
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After their initial disappointment that the Arms Fair wasn’t a fun fair after all, clowns wanting to find out more about the nasty arms dealers of this Unfair Fair, visited various arms dealers, suppliers and buyers, including BAE, US Embassy, Saudi Embassy, Aegis.
I left BEFORE the rain started.
Ha Ha Ha Ha ha ha ha!
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"A new draft US defense paper calls for preventive nuclear strikes against state and non-state adversaries in order to deter them from using weapons of mass destruction and urges US troops to "prepare to use nuclear weapons effectively."
Pictures from today's CAAT march against DSEi arms fair. The march met up at East Ham Central Park and left around 1pm heading towards the Excel Centre where the arms fair is being held.
The march got as close as it could without breaking through police lines, where it paused just past connaught bridge underpass for speeches against the arms trade from local campaigners, including a local councillor.
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Pics from this mornings baby bloc action outside Custom House docklands railway station.
Last night anti-militarist activists of Onkruit decorated the head office of Reed Elsevier in Amsterdam in the Netherlands with slogans and paint bombs.
The action is a protest against the involvement of Reed in the organisation of the DSEi arms fair.
Parallel to the DSEi arms fair in London, NATO defense ministers are meeting in Berlin. This was not left without reaction.