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In September 2017, thousands of arms dealers will descend on London to market their wares to militaries from across the globe. Defence and Security Equipment International (DSEI) - is one of the biggest arms fairs in the world, and it takes place in east London every two years, exporting death and destruction around the world.
We are the international resistance to DSEI, and we need your help.
In September 2015, DSEI featured 1,500 exhibitors, displaying weapons ranging from sniper rifles to tanks to combat aircraft to warships. There were also military delegations from over 60 countries, including Iraq, Colombia, Pakistan and Saudi Arabia - places that the UK government itself describes as having “the worst, or greatest number of, human rights violations” in the world. But the fair is in fact co-organised by the government itself - a department dedicated to promoting overseas arms exports from UK companies.
The weapons marketed at DSEI end up on the battlefield, killing and maiming. But resistance to DSEI is growing.
In 2015, the fair was disrupted before it even began, with five days of direct action getting in the way of lorries bringing equipment into the fair, widespread media coverage, and a parliamentary debate while the arms fair was taking place. In 2017, the resistance will be even bigger.
Resistance to the arms trade should be as international as their business: in September 2017, as part of Stop the Arms Fair's week of action, we want to bring activists from across the world to London, including those from countries where the repercussions of the weapons marketed at DSEI will be most immediately felt, to join us saying “War Starts Here, Let’s Stop it Here”. This crowdfunder will help us pay for their travel costs to the UK.
With your support, activists from Nepal, Venezuela, South Sudan, Turkey, and South Korea, will be able to share their stories at public events and at the protests, and make it clear that our resistance is as international as the arms trade. We have some perks, to say thank you for the support!
- For £10 we’ll send you a “thank you!” postcard
- For £20 we’ll send you one of our beautiful “broken rifle” pin badges
- For £40 we will send you a copy of our Handbook for Nonviolent Campaigns
- For £75 we'll send a copy of our Handbook and a handprinted “War is a crime against humanity” tote bag
We’ll send you a “thank you!” postcard
We’ll send you one of our beautiful broken rifle pin badges
We will send you a copy of our Handbook for Nonviolent Campaigns
We'll send a copy of our Handbook for Nonviolent Campaigns, a broken rifle badge, and a handprinted “War is a crime against humanity” tote bag
- Hannah Brock
- Campaign Owner
Stop DSEI: Five months on!Update posted by Hannah Brock at 05:43 pm
Dear friends,In case you missed it at the time, you can see some videos from our members Jungmin Choi (from South Korea) and Moses Monday John (from South Sudan) speaking at the big day of action against the arms fair here. And on this page you can download our guide
We reached our target! Thank you!Update posted by Hannah Brock at 12:24 pm
Part of this resistance is taking place on 10th September, when we'll be gathering to shine a light on the international impacts of the arms trade. Take a look at the event below, and come if you can or spread the word! http://www.wri-irg.org/en/war-stops-here-10-sept
We're nearly at £300!Update posted by Hannah Brock at 11:30 am
Thank you for supporting our crowdfunder! We're nearly 15% of the way there. Could you help us out by We're nearly at £300, or 15%. Could you help us out by retweeting us, or sharing a post on Facebook, to let your friends and followers know about the campaign?Cheers,Andrew