This is the last article you can read this month
You can read more article this month
You can read more articles this month
Sorry your limit is up for this month
PEACE campaigners have the power to stop arms deals from taking place, an anti-arms group said today after nine activists were arrested this week during a silent protest outside DSEI.
Yesterday, hundreds of Quakers and other protesters blocked roads outside the arms fair in east London, which will see thousands of defence and security suppliers court deals with international state representatives next week.
Nine people were arrested in the action which included prayer services.
Lorries attempting to enter the building were left waiting outside the Excel building for several hours.
One protester, from Littlehampton, said: “If there was half as much investment in non-violent solutions, we wouldn’t need armaments at all.”
Another, from Hastings, said: “I’ve seen the receiving end of British weapons in the arms trade in Iraqi Kurdistan and the West Bank and it isn’t pretty.”
Campaign Against Arms Trade’s Emily Apple said that people of all faiths and none put their bodies in the way of “this trade of destruction” during the protest.
She said: “Deals done at DSEI will cause misery across the world, causing global instability, and devastating people’s lives.
“Representatives from regimes such as Saudi Arabia, who have used UK-made weapons to commit war crimes in Yemen, will be wined and dined and encouraged to buy yet more arms.”
Ms Apple said arms dealers only care about perpetuating conflicts as it “increases profits for their shareholders.
“Meanwhile, this government has shown repeatedly that it cares more about the money made from dodgy deals with dictators than it does about the people whose lives will be ruined by the sales made at DSEI,” she said.
“War starts with the deals done at the Excel centre. Campaigners are showing that we have the power to stop those deals before they take place.”
You can’t buy a revolution, but you can help the only daily paper in Britain that’s fighting for one by become a member of the People’s Printing Press Society.
The Morning Star is a readers’ co-operative, which means you can become an owner of the paper too by buying shares in the society.
Shares are £10 each — though unlike capitalist firms, each shareholder has an equal say. Money from shares contributes directly to keep our paper thriving.
Some union branches have taken out shares of over £500 and individuals over £100.
You can’t buy a revolution, but you can help the only daily paper in Britain that’s fighting for one by donating to the Fighting Fund.
The Morning Star is unique, as a lone socialist voice in a sea of corporate media. We offer a platform for those who would otherwise never be listened to, coverage of stories that would otherwise be buried.
The rich don’t like us, and they don’t advertise with us, so we rely on you, our readers and friends. With a regular donation to our monthly Fighting Fund, we can continue to thumb our noses at the fat cats and tell truth to power.
Donate today and make a regular contribution.