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(en) Britain, Account of DISARM DSEi* public meeting – 30th June 2007

Date Sun, 29 Jul 2007 22:31:58 +0300

Next Disarm DSEi Public Meeting Saturday 28th July, 2pm-4pm @ rampART centre, 15 Rampart Street, London E1 2LA ---- Public meeting to discuss forms of direct action against the DSEi arms fair due to be held in London docklands in September 2007. ---- There will probably be police photographers outside the meeting, don't be intimidated. You might choose to wear a scarf in this unpredictable weather. ---- From 11-14 September, Defence Systems and Equipment international, the world's largest arms fair, returns to East London's ExCeL Centre. Despite massive local opposition, and a huge bill to the taxpayer, arms dealers will once again be free to deal in death and destruction. ----- From email, 01.07.2007: This meeting was called to discuss plans for disrupting the world’s largest arms fair, DSEi (Defence Systems and Equipment International) which takes place on 11th – 14th September 2007 at the ExCeL Centre in East London.

Account of DISARM DSEi public meeting – 30th June 2007

The meeting was also used as the first public call to resist the Forward Intelligence Teams (the cops who stand outside meetings taking photos and making notes about those in attendance).

Around ten people attended the protest outside the meeting with two large banners and a couple of small ones. One was particularly effective as it was on poles which meant it could directly obstruct the photographer’s view. Our aim was to prevent them from taking photographs of those entering the meeting and we were largely successful both because their attention was mostly directed at us and because the banners were large enough to block their view.

No arrests were made and people were able to attend the meeting without having their photographs taken.

The meeting itself was well attended.

At first we discussed the days of action planned for 29th and 30th July. The present call is for affinity group actions around the country to highlight the arms trade and DSEi. There was the suggestion of doing a public action on one of these days, but this was not finalised.

Most of the meeting was spent discussing a public call to action for 11th September and it was agreed we would organise an action at Custom House DLR station at 1pm to disrupt DSEi.

We also discussed the need to have maps and information on previous protests and police actions at DSEi.

The plan to buy a tank was also discussed and we had a productive conversation about how this piece of equipment could best be utilised.

Convergence spaces were debated and the pros and cons of either having a camp, a convergence centre near ExCeL or one further into town. People are going to investigate the practicalities of different options.

The dreaded press conversation was also broached with surprising ease and people agreed it was a wasted opportunity not to use the press interest generated by DSEi. Press and publicity working groups have been set up for anyone wanting to get involved in these areas.

Finally we discussed outreach and doing events such as bike fixing and food not bombs in the local area.

It was a productive meeting – it took a while to reach some of these decisions, but those attending felt we had reached some important decisions and had a clear idea of how we are going to proceed.
Next meeting - 28 July 2007

Get involved and come to the next public meeting – Saturday 28th July, 2pm, location to be confirmed.

There will also be an anti FIT presence outside this meeting.

Join the mailing lists to keep in contact and discuss plans – send a blank email to: disarmdsei-subscribe@lists.riseup.net and

e-mail: disarm@dsei.org
See: http://www.dsei.org

"We must not let them meet without disruption and opposition. Join us and take action. Say no to war. Say no to the arms trade. Disarm DSEi, c/o Archway Books, Bakehouse Yard, Market Strand, Falmouth, Cornwall TR11 3DB info@dsei.org"
Critical Mass at DSEi

01.07.2007 16:35

It was also decided to hold a Critical Mass on September 11th. Details to be confirmed.
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