September 2005 – The Arms Trade Returns to London

The following is an edited extract from the Campaign Against the Arms Trade (CAAT) website. I would urge anyone who is sympathetic to this cause to try and get time off work and come to East London on 13th September to join what should be a healthy-sized demonstration against the murderous arms trade.[/i]

Every two years, arms dealers converge on Londons Docklands for Defence Systems & Equipment International (DSEi) arms fair. It is an important event in the international military equipment sales calendar and is organised in association with the British government’s Defence Export Services Organisation (DESO). In 2003 DSEi confirmed its position as one of the leading arms fairs in the world with around 1000 exhibitors from 30 countries. It is a “tri-service defence exhibition” – a forum for selling military equipment for land, sea and air to dozens of foreign governments, many with appalling human rights records.

DSEi 2005 will be held from September 13th – 16th at the ExCel Exhibition Centre in East London. The DSEi official organisers, Spearhead Exhibitions (owned by Reed Elsevier), promise that DSEi 2005 will be 30% bigger than last time, and that “products and services related to Homeland security, anti-terrorism, access control, and personal security” will be on display.

See for a summary of the main issues.

Assemble 12noon, Central Park, High street, East Ham (near Newham Town Hall – nearest tube East Ham, Hammersmith and City and District lines).

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