As the arms trade is international, so is our resistance.
The arms fair is set to take place in London’s Docklands but the weapons sold here will end up in the hands of authoritarian rulers and invading armies across the world. The last time the arms fair took place in 2015, hundreds of international exhibitors set up shop to sell arms to delegations from the over sixty countries invited to attend by the UK government, including human-rights abusers and six countries actually at war. War starts here. But as the arms trade is international, so is our resistance. An international movement is growing and resisting arms fairs the world over. We are joining together in solidarity to say: War stops here.
On Sunday 10th September, activists from War Resisters’ International will be leading a public education day on the arms trade at the gates of the arms fair. This is a great chance to hear from antimilitarist activists from around the world, including from countries where the repercussions of the weapons marketed at DSEI will be felt. There will be talks and workshops on campaign strategy, nonviolent direct action, creative campaigning and using legal mechanisms to disrupt the flow of arms to conflict zones. Find out more here.