Protesters, including some from Kent, attempted to block the setting-up of the world’s largest arms fair in London last week during a day of action highlighting the need to stop arming Israel.
Not only are there companies exhibiting at the fair this week that sell weaponry to the Israeli regime, the show is hosting Israeli arms companies and Israel has been given a national pavilion inside.
The trade fair, called DSEI, is held in London’s Docklands, at the huge ExCel Centre, every two years, and features companies such as Elbit Systems, which boasts that its products are “combat-proven” or “battle-tested” – meaning they have been used on Gazan civilians.
You can learn more about Israel’s grisly trade in weaponry at our screening on 24 September of the astonishing documentary, The Lab.
Each day last week had a different themed protest, with faith groups leading one day, environmental activists and other and Palestine solidarity activists also organising a day, as shown in War on Want’s video.
On Saturday, local activists from Campaign Against Arms Trade East Kent joined others in using bicycles to blockade one of the ExCel Centre’s gates for 5 hours, while other protesters also blockaded the only other entrance, successfully blocking or delaying dozens of lorries from entering the complex and setting up the fair. See CAAT East Kent’s short video below: