Join in

Get ready to join in the resistance to DSEI 2023.

Every two years, the global arms trade comes to London. DSEI, one of the world’s largest arms fairs, returns to London’s Docklands this September.

This is where those who profit from war, repression and injustice do business. This is where we can stop them.

1,700+ arms companies plan to set up shop, marketing their lethal wares to an expected 36,000+ attendees from around the world.

Each day of the week of action there will be talks, music, art, workshops, actions and more. Almost nothing is organised centrally by STAF, but the resistance is strong because our network is strong. Local groups put on events throughout the week of action both online and at the gates of the arms fair – check out our events page for details! There will be food, welfare support and a space to pop your tent – as well as actions that you can take locally or from home – so get involved and join the week of action to #StopDSEI from 12-15th September 2023!

Take a look at the events and actions you can join to stop the return of DSEI, and if you want to know more please get in touch!

Will you help make resistance to DSEI in 2023 even bigger than before?
  • put Tuesday 12th to Friday 15th September in your calendar, and the week of the arms fair set-up, 4th – 11th September in your calendar too.
  • check out the events and actions that you want to be a part of – or promote your own act of resistence with the network by adding it to the list. Email us on the address below.
  • Promote #StopDSEI2023 events on Social Media
  • get in touch via Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, or email resistDSEI@protonmail.com
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Information about transport to the site and accessibility.  If you need to know information that is not currently on this page, or to let us know about an access need, get in touch at resistDSEI@protonmail.com.

We urge those coming to any action to be COVID-safe, to protect our community and make this protest accessible to all.  Please take a test before coming, bring sanitiser and respect those who want to social distance.  Bring your own water bottle and mugs to get drinks on site!

Information about your legal rights on protests.  Take the time to learn your rights before attending the week of action, for your own protection and the protection of those around you.

***IMPORTANT***

It is crucial that everyone joining this wonderful week of resistance adheres to the Stop the Arms Fair Safer Spaces Policy.  Please also take a look at Campaign Against Arms Trade’s Action Guidelines on interactions with the police – who protect the arms trade, are part of the arms trade, and are institutionally racist – and on directing our protest at the arms industry (and so being mindful of the local community!).

Green and Black Cross will be coordinating legal observers throughout the week of action.

War Starts Here – Let’s Stop It Here
#StopTheArmsFair
#StopDSEI
 
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We’ve got crazy numbers of photos from last year’s 2021 resistance and 2019. But here’s one from the archives:

When the arms fair came to London in 2017, hundreds of people took action to disrupt its set-up.

Charlie Chaplin locked on under a lorry - a police officer is trying to speak to him
Charlie Chaplin joined the resistance at DSEI 2017.

As lorries and trucks transporting armoured vehicles, missiles, sniper rifles, tear gas and bullets attempted to get on site, people from around the world were there to put their bodies in the way.

people holding Palestinian flags and wearing sandwich boards made to look like the apartheid wall stand in front of a truck
People dressed as the Israeli apartheid wall stand in front of a truck at DSEI 2017.

Dabke-dancing, aerobics, an academic conference, a gig on a flatbed truck, abseilers dangling from a bridge, theatre, military veterans undertaking unofficial vehicle checks for banned weapons, Kurdish dancers, rebel clowns, religious gatherings, hip-hop artists, radical picnics, a critical mass of cyclists, Daleks, political choirs, and lots of people in arm-locks all blocked the entrances to the DSEI arms fair repeatedly over the course of a whole week.

one person swings a scarf, many people holding hands dancing in the road, smiling
Kurdish activists dance in the road at DSEI 2017.

Thousands more amplified the protests by signing petitions, lobbying decision-makers, speaking out online and in their own communities, and helping in diverse ways to make the protests possible.

A person wearign a tartan minidress, red neckscarf and small black hat holds a road sign that has been subvertised to say "Stop Wars"
07/09/2017. Protest against DSEI arms fair, at the ExCeL Centre in London. ©David Mirzoeff/Global Justice Now

What could you and others do to help stop the arms fair in 2023?