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(en) Britain, CW* member reports back from Arms Fair (14th September 2005)

Date Thu, 29 Sep 2005 10:03:55 +0300


The direct action day at DSEI was a bit of a disappointment, as an
imbalance of class forces left demonstrators greatly outnumbered by
the filth. Perhaps three hundred people turned out to demonstrate
against the vile arms fair, and, frankly, they achieved little.
There was some sterling work done to bring much of the Docklands
Light Railway to a standstill, and some people locked themselves
down on the Silvertown Road. However, the arms fair went ahead
with little obvious disruption. One female demonstrator was hit by an
arms dealer, and a friend of her's, who captured the incident on film,
had her camera confiscated by the filth. There are no reports of
arrested arms dealers, though at least five protestors were nicked
(though not in the incident I describe).

It is tempting to say that the pitiful turnout today was due to the G8
mobilisation and subsequent exhaustion. However, people have
known - however vaguely - about DSEI for two years. A gallant band
of people have put a huge amount of work into organising for the
event, without much success. The shocking absence of
demonstrators must, I feel, make people think about they want.
DSEI is one thing we can almost certainly win, to at least drive it out
of London, if there's enough opposition to it where it counts, on the
streets.

Hopefully today's rather dispiriting experience will not be repeated in
two years time. I know a successful mobilisation takes time, energy
& money - and a great deal of all three - but getting rid of the arms
fair would be a huge fillip.

On to 2007 - and let's just forget today.
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* Copied from the electronic news journal of the
British anarchist federation Class Wall

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