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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