This year held again at the London Docklands Excel Centre with 1,100 exhibitors, 70 military delegations and 20,000 approved visitors, this is one of the world's largest arms fairs.
Amongst other dodgy buyers, it is attended by 7 regimes on the Foreign Office's list of human rights abusers as well as countries at war (e.g. in 2003, 5 of the 7 governments fighting in the Congo), countries in breach of UN resolutions (e.g. Israel), states suppressing minorities (e.g. Indonesia), countries in dangerous dispute with each other(e.g. India & Pakistan) and many poor countries who have more important priorities like education, clean water and safe sanitation.
Protests took many forms: a vigil, music protest, a march and blockade of Excel, a Critical Mass bike ride from the city to Excel, roads blocked, trains stopped and a Critical Mass bike ride and mass protest and closure of Park Lane outside the Dorchester Hotel where 500 weapons buyers and sellers were heckled as they arrived for their lavish Dinner.
here, outside the main entrance to Excel *
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some of the performers at the music protest during the week of the arms fair *
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this protest happens weekly and is organised by the stalwart East London Against the Arms Trade (E.L.A.A.T.)
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the weekly protest happens just outside the main door to Excel where people attending the more innocuous exhibitions at Excel get to hear of its darker side
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after the musical protest we adjourned to the nearby wonderful Garden Community Cafe in Cundy Road
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a sanctuary for weary protesters as well as the local community
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with its very own hat rack *
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run by local Christians, the christianity is not rammed down you, though there are Christian images, they are mixed in with so many others, even psychedelic posters from the '60's
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run by Bill and volunteers, he sums up their attitude to the Arms Fair, I've lived in Docklands all my life. This place was heavily bombed in the war and to put an arms fair here is an insult. *
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