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Stop UK Arms Sales to Turkey. Stop Genocide against the Kurds!

A day of action has been called to coincide with the DSEI arms fair at London Docklands. Turkey are big customers at this event, and arms bought and deals made in London next week will be used to kill civilians in Kurdistan, and continue Turkish expansionism into Syria.

Farcebook event

From 1pm at the East Entrance to the ExCel Centre, London Docklands.

OR meet at the Halkevi 12 noon to travel together to the arms fair.

Organised by Kurdish Solidarity Campaign and Kurdish Assembly London.

Stop UK Arms Sales to Turkey!

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Week of Action against DSEI starts today!

A number of groups and networks are calling for actions to oppose the DSEI arms fair, setting up in the Excel Centre, Newham, London this week.

The Anarchist Action Network has once again been helping with the build up to action and will be at the Excel Centre after mobilising from leafleting around the UK and helping to organise discussions, meetings and other talks about the arms fair.

Actions are also being planned around the UK.

We’ve also been happy to share on our website, some great articles by the Shoal Collective, exposing the deadly links and disastrous consequences of arms dealing.

Here are two of the latest articles:

West Papua’s silent genocide

http://www.morningstaronline.co.uk/a-6601-The-revolving-door-between-the-government-and-the-arms-trade

DSEI: A Supermarket for state surveillance and border wars

As borders are increasingly militarised and their operation privatised, migration, more than ever before, is also an anti-militarist struggle.

The following is an extract from an article by The Shoal Collective. The link to the original article can be found below.

Borders are becoming increasingly militarised and unsafe places particularly for people like Stephen*, who are trying to cross them undocumented. The security measures he describes are only the visible ones. As well as the X-ray machine, there’s a monitor that can detect heartbeats, and another to detect raised levels of carbon dioxide from people breathing inside the lorries.

“If you have a good luck you can pass; if you don’t, the security check will take you out,” he explains.

“First they use dogs, and if the dogs indicate there’s something, they will check it for themselves… If they can’t find anything easily they have to take the truck to the computer scanner… It’s quite scary.”

Stephen (*name changed to protect his identity.)

Private companies producing and developing the technology used at borders are making money from the perceived threat of an ‘invasion’ of refugees in Europe and the very real suffering of people. Many of the companies developing and promoting equipment, surveillance technologies and the IT infrastructure to track people on the move are often among the world’s biggest arms companies.

These defence giants not only profit from the wars and state oppression that cause people to flee their homes, but also from the high-tech surveillance equipment that tracks them, the violence that greets them, and the biometric systems that register them on arrival.

The biannual Defence and Security Equipment International (DSEI) trade fair is a chance for these companies to showcase their work and products. From 12-15 September 2017, DSEI will host over 1,600 companies, from across the defence and security sector industries, at the ExCeL centre in London Docklands. It’s set to attract over 34,000 visitors, including Defence Ministers, international military representatives and private sector companies. Many of the companies who profit from borders will be represented – part of a border security market estimated at €15 billion in 2015 and predicted to rise to €29 billion by 2022.

The British government has thrown millions at the Calais border, which seems on its way to full privatisation. The death toll is rising along with the amount of money thrown at the border, with a growing number of deaths each year. An October 2016 report from the Calais Research Network documented 40 companies benefiting from this situation, many of whom will be exhibiting at DSEI:

  • Thales Described as, “one of the top-earning companies in the border industry”, the French multinational was commissioned to supply a surveillance and access control system at Calais in 2010. In 2014 they were awarded a two year £3.8 million contract from the UK Home Office to provide a system to encrypt biometric and biographic data for Biometric Residence Permit (BRP) cards for non-EU foreigners.
  • The Chemring Group supplied PMMWI (Passive Millimeter-Wave Imaging) and vehicle scanning. Roke Manor Research, part of Chemring Group, developed the Pandora lorry scanning system, trialled in Calais.
  • FLIR Systems has supplied thermal imaging cameras for use in Calais during the night or in fog, rain or snow when CCTV cameras can’t provide a clear image.
  • L3 Technologies supplied x-ray scanning equipment at Calais.

Opposing DSEI is one way to act in solidarity with migrants. During the ‘Free Movement for People, Not Weapons’ day of action against DSEI 2015, a member of Black Dissidents said as part of a rousing speech.

Original article in full at: http://bordernews.info/en/2017/08/29/dsei-a-supermarket-for-state-surveillance-and-border-wars/

Article by Amy Hall and Sara Woods of Shoal Collective, a newly-formed cooperative of independent writers and researchers, writing for social justice and a world beyond capitalism.

Join the week of action to Stop the Arms Fair at London’s Docklands from 4-11 September, 2017. The Stop the Arms Fair coalition is made up of diverse groups and individuals who oppose the fair. The coalition supports groups using a diversity of different tatics to oppose the fair. It is open for new people and new movements to get involved.

Thursday 7 September’s day of action has the theme ‘Solidarity Without Borders making the links between the arms and security industry. There are also events going on across the UK, in the lead up to DSEI and during the event.

 

Eighteen years of protest against DSEI – Don’t let it turn 20!

Once again, Docklands’ ExCeL Centre will host the DSEI (Defence and Security Equipment International) arms fair next month. 1,600 exhibitors will showcase equipment including drones, tanks, guns, bombs, warships, crowd control weaponry and covert surveillance equipment.

They will be hoping to secure contracts and wine and dine with international governments and military personnel, aiming to profit from states’ unending wars of aggression around the world. The arms fair is subsidised by the UK taxpayer, and DSEI’s organisers work closely with the government, welcoming human rights abusers such as Saudi Arabia, the US, Israel and Turkey.

Quakers, Catholic Workers, anarchists, socialists, trade unionists and Buddhists are just some of those who have come together to protest DSEI, which takes place every two years. In recent years, British anti-militarists have been joined by activists from Bahrain, Yemen, Egypt, Kurdistan and other communities directly affected by war and state violence.

Activists have been resisting the arms fair since its inception in 1999.

Eliza Egret talks to activists involved in almost two decades of protest against London’s DSEI arms show.

Read more at:
http://www.redpepper.org.uk/dont-let-the-worlds-biggest-arms-fair-turn-20/

By Eliza Egret of Shoal Collective, a newly-formed cooperative of
independent writers and researchers, writing for social justice and a
world beyond capitalism. Follow @ShoalCollective

Disarm DSEI Critical Mass – Saturday 9th September 2017

And more is planned from 4th to 11th September and beyond…

The war in Kurdistan starts in London

Every two years, the Excel Centre at London Docklands hosts the world’s
biggest arms fair, showcasing military and surveillance equipment and
technology for air, land, sea and cyberspace. Many of the world’s most
oppressive regimes, including Turkey, go there to make deals which
ultimately cost hundreds of thousands of lives.

Turkey was the sole “international partner” of DSEI 2015, which took place
in September of that year, while Kurdish civilians were being massacred in
cities like Cizre. During the event, weapons maker Roketsan, which is part
of the Turkish Armed Forces, signed a contract with Lockheed Martin, the
largest arms company in the world, to develop a new F-35 fighter jet
missile for the United States armed forces. Since then, Turkey has gone
into partnership with BAE Systems to develop a new generation of fighter
jets.  Turkish-owned arms company Nurol has also gone into partnership
with BAE Systems – the third largest arms company in the world – on an
aerospace programme. After its “success” at DSEI 2015, Turkey has asked
for its space at the event to be expanded by 200 square metres for 2017.

read more at
http://kurdishquestion.com/article/3971-turkey-will-buy-and-sell-weapons-in-london-this-september

by Sara Woods of Shoal Collective, a cooperative of independent writers
and researchers, writing for social justice and a world beyond capitalism.

The Anarchist Action Network is mobilising to oppose DSEI 2017 and there are the following upcoming meetings for people interested to get involved:

UPDATE – All meetings have now occurred, see you in London for the week of action!

Resistance to NATO continues in Brussels

Ten thousand people took to the streets of Brussels on Wednesday May 24 to tell US president Donald Trump, and the imperialist warmongers of NATO, that they were not welcome in the Belgian capital. Said the No to NATO protest call-out: “NATO and its member states participate in illegal wars and military interventions, from Yugoslavia to Afghanistan, Libya, Iraq, Syria, the Mediterranean Sea and the Indian Ocean. They contribute massively to international instability, fuelling the arms race and militarization. NATO remains committed to humanity’s biggest threat: nuclear weapons. NATO is the world’s most aggressive war machine.

Original article at: Winter Oak’s Acorn #34