#WheelStopDSEI

bikes-not-bombs-imageThis September, one of the world’s biggest arms fairs is coming to London’s ExCeL centre.

On Saturday 12th September, Wheel Stop Trident will be joining Critical Mass to challenge the arms fair on the weekend before it’s due to begin. Join us if you can!

Meet at Societe Generale, 41 Tower Hill, London, EC3N 4SG (by the bike racks) at 11.00am on Saturday 12th September.

What is DSEI?

The DSEI (Defence & Security Equipment International) arms fair is where arms companies showcase their weapons and make deadly deals with buyers from across the world, including those from countries with serious human rights violations. The arms fair, due to take place on 15-18 September, involves more than 1000 companies and 30,000 attendees.

From 7 September there will be a week of action to make it as difficult as possible for it to go ahead.

Each day, many different groups are coming together to organise actions highlighting the different impacts of the arms trade and armed repression.

There are lots of ways to protest the arms fair. Visit Stop the arms fair for all the info you need.

Why are we going?

DSEIWheel Stop Trident exist to highlight the dangers of nuclear weapons, to campaign against the renewal of the Trident nuclear weapons system, and to protest the spending of billions of pounds on weapons of mass destruction at a time when vital public services are being cut. We also exist to bring you meaningful and toe-curling puns juxtaposing bicycles and WMDs.

All the companies that profit from Trident nuclear weapons will be selling their wares at the DSEI arms fair. Whilst nuclear weapons themselves will not be ‘on display’, this is one of the rare occasions when the companies that make money out of weapons of mass destruction raise their heads above water. Often, their offices are unmarked and unknown, so this is a rare chance to put our message of nuclear disarmament across.

Moreover, nuclear weapons don’t exist in isolation. In Britain, they are part of the British governments ‘arsenal’ – a military spend of £60.5 million in 2014. Britain’s military expenditure puts it sixth in the world (according to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute), despite a relatively small population, and above countries including Israel, Germany and India (with its 1 billion citizens). We protest this spending of public money, which could be spent instead on things that make us feel genuinely safe like free healthcare, decent benefits for people with disabilities, and investment in renewable energy that will protect us from a changing climate. The British government continues to assist arms companies with respectability, investment, and houseroom. This must change.

Protest with us

Arms fairs are one of the places where war starts, yet they are designed to look so sanitised, orderly and professional. Have a look at this video made recently of an arms fair in Brazil to give you an idea. This veneer of respectability should be broken. Arms dealers should not for one day be allowed to forget the death and destruction that these weapons cause.

It’s important to use these opportunities to show the public’s dismay at the arms races that drive war and armed violence, and the companies that profit from death and destruction.

More info: Stop The Arms Fair

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