Arms Commerce Die-In at Parliament: On Thursday twelfth September 2013 Marketing campaign In opposition to Arms Commerce introduced their protests towards the DSEi arms truthful then happening in East London to Outdated Palace Yard reverse the Homes of Parliament in Westminster.
Their protest and die-in reverse Parliament was rather more seen than these out within the pretty abandoned streets of East London the place the arms truthful takes place on the ExCel Centre on the north aspect of the Royal Victoria Dock.
There the protest is directed towards these participating within the arms truthful, each the exhibitors who’re coming to promote their lethal weapons and people arriving to view and purchase them.
They got here to Westminster as MPs had been arriving to participate in a debate on the function of United Kingdom Commerce & Funding (UKTI), together with its controversial Defence & Safety Organisation (DSO), the federal government’s arms gross sales promotion unit.
The DSO sends out official invites to the arms truthful to 67 nations together with most of the worlds most repressive regimes. These on the invitation checklist included Algeria, Bahrain, Iraq, Oman, United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia, Libya, Afghanistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan.
Arms bought on the arms truthful in East London would inevitably gas the civil struggle happening in Syria and different armed conflicts all over the world. The was in Yemen started the 12 months following this arms truthful, and Saudi Arabia has used weapons purchased in East London in its struggle towards the Houthis there.
Additionally participating within the protest had been numerous campaigners from Bahrain the place weapons bought at DSEi in Newham have been used to repress inner dissent.
Among the many MPs who visited the extremely visible protest was Jeremy Corbyn who stopped to talk briefly on his method to participate within the Parliamentary debate. He praised the protesters for his or her protests in the present day and for his or her persevering with occasions to cease the DSEi arms truthful.
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