From my flat windows I can just about see the ExCeL London Exhibition Centre, in what was the Royal Victoria Docks. For the last few years this venue has housed the world’s biggest arms fair. For one week every two years, in East London, arms companies display their weapons to buyers from around the world, including authoritarian regimes and countries with serious human rights problems.
On the morning of Friday 30th September, the House of Commons vote for war with Syria was defeated in parliament. However, the US and France are still talking about taking military action. An attack will have disastrous consequences for the people of Syria and beyond.
Some of the weapons used by both the US and France if they do launch an attack will, it will most likely, be supplied by the EDO factory in Brighton as EDO holds export licenses to both countries.
From September 9th possibly days away from an attack on Syria - the world’s largest arms fair will be taking place in this part of East London. Representatives of EDO will be peddling their wares to dictators and despots from all over the world.
Come and show your anger outside the Exhibition Centre and Bring pots and pans to make yourself heard. The best way to support the struggles for freedom from oppression and imperialism being waged globally is to target those who supply the means of oppression.
Part of the day of action against DSEi, will be Bikes not Bombs a Disarm dsei critical mass bike ride, and that’s where I will be participating on my old bike clapped out but still up to making a stand against war and the profiteers of death and destruction, it would be good to see others on the ride, make it big come along: Sunday 8 September, 10am, meet at Bank Junction, London EC2. - Bring noise, colour and contempt