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A sneaky visit beyond the security fences of the arms fair

16 September 2013
An anonymous report of another action to challenge the arms fair has emerged… Excel East My handbag stuffed with gruesome cards. My mission to remind the arms dealers of the human costs of their work. My disguise: grey jacket, white blouse, fake badge.

Arms fair challenged with daily direct action

14 September 2013
See photos of many of the week’s actions here. A key event for the international arms trade took place in London from 9-13 Sept: the DSEI arms fair which hosted 1500 arms companies and 30,000 arms buyers and sellers. The UK government’s invite list was a roll call of authoritarian regimes and human rights abusers....
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Boom time for Drone Deals at DSEI

27 August 2013
Drone Wars UK shares the latest on drones at the arms fair. Thousands of military buyers will descend on London from 9-13 September to be wooed, wined and dined by military salesmen from the world’s largest arms companies. Many of those buyers will arrive with the same item at the top of their shopping list:...
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“We interrupt this breakfast” – arms dealers find coffee and croissants hard to get

11 July 2013
At the start of Good Morning Vietnam, Robin Williams says, “It’s 0600, and what does the ‘O’ stand for? Oh my God it’s early.” So, an 0530 start to travel into London was, it must be said, early. The reason for the early start was a breakfast briefing for arms dealers, hosted by London Chamber...
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Dining out on death and destruction

27 June 2013
Guest blog post from the lovely Wendy Horler, involved with the Stop The Arms Fair coalition The arms trade likes to be considered as a respectable and respected industry. But in its quest for a noble image, it tends to go over the top. A recent promotional dinner was held at the Imperial War Museum....

Finding all the arms dealers in central London

18 June 2013
Despite sad weather, a number of people from different countries gathered on June 12 near London’s Piccadilly Circus to protest against arms dealers like BAE Systems and Lockheed Martin. This anti-militarist demonstration was called by Smash EDO, Disarm DSEI and Sussex Stop G8 for June 12, to coincide with the Stop G8 week of action...
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No business as usual for arms dealers

5 June 2013
Protesters “completely overwhelmed” the Annual General Meeting of BAE Systems, the world’s third largest arms company. Now we need to do the same for one of the world’s largest arms fairs.
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Zombies 1, Arms Trade 0

10 October 2012
We have won the Disarm the Gallery campaign! The National Gallery’s long-standing sponsorship arrangement with weapons manufacturer Finmeccanica has ended! The arrangement has been terminated one year early and just weeks before our zombie protest was planned. Read more here. The Zombies v. the Arms Trade event is off (Zombies 1, Arms Dealers 0) but...