• Heather Paterson

Death and Destruction on sale this week

Updated: Mar 25, 2019


For those of you who don;t know tomorrow is the first day of DSEI (Defence Systems and Equiptment International) 2007 the worlds largest arms fair which takes place every two years in London.

Yet again we are going to arm half the planet no doubt using the excuse of "the world is a dangerous place" at a later date to excuse another attack on a.n.other nation for oil, political power, money or anything else we want.

Just a thought - but maybe the world wouldn't be quite so dangerous if we didn't manufacture and supply so many weapons . . . ? Seems logical to me but apparantly the UK government think differently. Hey there's some big money to be made, so what if human rights are violated and potentially millions of innocent civillians are killed, its all money.

But don't worry, you can sleep peacefully in your bed knowing that while the real criminals are inside the ExCel Centre trading weapons, a multi million pound police operation will do its upmost to stop any form of protest against DSEI.

"On the first day of the fair in 2005, CAAT organised a march through the streets of East Ham towards the Excel centre in which hundreds participated. Newham residents also took part in a silent candle-lit vigil for peace. Though the protests are non-violent, nonetheless over a thousand police were deployed as security for DSEi 2005, at a cost of £4.4 million" http://www.caat.org.uk/armsfairs/dsei.php

And don't forget we have all those new anti terror laws now as well, which despite not actually doing anything to reduce and terrorist threat, do a damn good job of being misused against protestors . . .

Although I am sure there will be a large number turning out to demonstrate, and rumour has it a few activists have been so inspired by DSEI, they have themselves purchased a tank . . . ;-)

I could rant about this for hours but I am tired so am going to keep this one short. Have a read of the following links and let the discussion begin.

http://www.dsei.org/

http://www.caat.org.uk/armsfairs/

http://www.indymedia.org.uk/en/2007/09/380685.html


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