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Sunday 8th September 2013

Disarm DSEi - Stop the Arms Fair

8th September 2013

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[PrintView] least two Nottingham companies will have stalls at DSEi (Defence & Systems Equipment International) - the world's largest arms fair - in London. Heckler & Koch and Ergo Computing will be exhibiting their wares to military delegations from around the world. H&K, which is based in the Lenton Lane industrial estate, sells assault rifles and submachine guns to repressive regimes such as those in Bahrain and Egypt.

A week of action against the arms fair is being co-ordinated by the Stop The Arms Fair coalition. This will kick off on Sunday Sept 8th with a mass action called by Occupy London: Occupy vs The Arms Fair (see also on Facebook).

Nottingham's own vegan catering campaign Veggies attended the demo. See their report Nottingham Indymedia

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Arms Fairs allow the weapons manufacturers an opportunity to promote their products to regimes in conflict, those with terrible human rights records, or with human development needs (for example, water and sanitation, health and education). For all the reasons that CAAT opposes the arms trade, we oppose the existence of arms fairs.

The UK government is condemning violence in Syria, just days before inviting other dictatorships to shop for weapons at the London arms fair. Despite having threatened military action against Assad, it will still host his weapons suppliers at the arms fair. The arms fair fuels death, conflict, fear and repression the world over.

The arms fair is also our chance to intervene with alternative visions, and stand in solidarity with people across the world who face its weapons. That's why we're really excited to see so many people are planning to take part in action against the arms fair.

Mass action on Sunday 8th - Occupy vs. the Arms Fair

This looks like it's going to be huge! The nearest DLR stations are closed so it'll be rail replacement buses for the short journey from Canning Town. More info on travel now on this page (under 'how to get there?'):

For final details of the meeting point, check the website or call the infoline (07766 323978) from noon on Saturday.

2007 Diary listing . dsei-2007-opposing-the-arms-fair (Notts Anti Militarism report) . Indymedia: Disarm DSEi 2009 timeline

Veggies outside DSEi: No to the Arms Trade

Nottingham Indymedia
Published: September 17, 2013 21:54 by Tally

Last week saw peaceful days of action co-ordinated by the 'Stop the Arms Fair Coalition' in response to the bi-annual arms fair DSEi (Defence & Security Equipment International) at the London ExCel Centre. DSEi is the world's largest arms fair and it exists so that arms buyers and sellers can come together, network and make deals.

From 'Campaign Against the Arms Trade' (CAAT): 'DSEi 2013 featured 1,500 exhibitors from around the world displaying arms ranging from rifles to tanks to fighter jets to battleships. They were joined by "trade visitors" and military delegations, including countries involved in conflict and from human rights abusing regimes, as well as those with desperately underfunded development needs.'

On the Sunday 8th September the week of action was kicked off with a demo organised by Occupy London: Occupy vs the Arms Trade. Volunteers from Nottingham-based Veggies, the vegan catering campaign, went down to London on this Sunday to provide food by donation for the peaceful protesters. Veggies has been supporting campaigns for humans, other animals and the environment since 1984.

On Sunday 8th September, Veggies of Nottingham packed up their vegan cakes and samosas and headed down to London to give their support to the hundreds of peaceful protesters campaigning against the immoral and unethical DSEi arms fair.

At least two Nottingham companies had stalls at DSEi. Heckler & Koch and Ergo Computing exhibited their wares to military delegations from around the world. H&K, which is based in the Lenton Lane industrial estate, sells assault rifles and submachine guns to repressive regimes such as those in Bahrain and Egypt.

Campaigners were very happy to see the Veggies team (and their delicious vegan food!) along on the day. The team provided a boost of morale to those that had been out protesting since the early hours of the day and hadn't had anything to eat. In fact people were so happy to see Veggies that the stall was swamped with those eager to get hold of food by donation and all boxes of food and trays of cake quickly sold out.

People were also very interested in the campaign literature the team had brought along, as human rights and animals rights campaigning is all part of the same struggle against needless suffering and injustice. Animal Aid's purple poppies, sold to commemorate the many animal victims of war, were available on the day and people donated generously for these.

If you would like to join the friendly Veggies team to campaign against social injustice, animal abuse and enviromental destruction then you can contact them at:

Information on the website:

More details about the Arms Trade and what happened during the week of action can be found on the following websites:

Animal Aid's purple poppy appeal:

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If you'd like us to bring you any of our foods, literature or campaign goods, some of which are on our online shop please contact us with details

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We also support our nominated charity, Vegfam, Feeding the hungry without exploiting animals. If you can help us with either of these projects at this event, whilst we are busy with Veggies catering, please email

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