One week today, Occupiers will be joining Stop The Arms Fair‘s week long blockade, setting up camp to prevent the world’s largest arms fair from taking place.
DSEI (Defence Security Equipment International) gather once every two years, dripping in blood and oil. Arms dealers and governments buy and sell weapons which kill, maim and torture.
The peace movement have been dancing this dance against the festival of death since well before 2001, when DSEI first moved to the ExCeL Centre, London Docklands.
As comrades in Australia have demonstrated
, it is possible to shut down an arms fair, but only with sufficient numbers of people prepared to seriously disrupt their setup.
- Stop the Arms Fair 4th-11th September 2017.
- DSEI Arms Fair 12th-15th September 2017.
- ExCeL Centre, London Docklands.
There definitely seems to be much more momentum building this year. Various groups have been organising for months now all over the country. Unfortunately, I can’t be there. My health and finances are shit and I’m not up for getting arrested again. I’ll be in the back office doing my bit to reflect a truthful account of the spectacle; mirroring, ripping, editing, uploading and sharing livestreamed reports throughout the week of action for Occupy News Network
Followers of this blog will know that I haz been making things and stuff to help promote this year’s blockade and Occupy the Arms Fair
(9000 points go to whoever spots protest stencil‘s excellent subvert in one of these…) 😉
(I pinched the skyline silhouette off the inspirational Stop the Arms Fair memes).
Here are some #StopDSEI videos.
If they speak for you, please like, share, download and mirror this stuff, and all the other wonderful things everybody’s making and doing to help art the arms fair.
If like me, you can’t get to London there’s probably a weapons producer, military supplier or surveillance and security company somewhere near you. Why not pay them a visit?
Also. Let’s own the interwebz. #StopDSEI.
4th-11th September – NETWORK IT!
Please help share the things and stuff leading up to and throughout the blockade, however long it needs to last. Make and do and say the things. Find and sign all the petitions. Write a personal letter to your MP. Write to them again. Meditate. Pray. What ever works for you.
Wherever you are, whatever you’re doing, stay safe, stay strong and look after each other.
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