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  • This weekend, thousands of terrorists from all over the world will
    be descending on the ExCel Centre in London’s Docklands for the
    DSEI Arms Fair.

    To greet them will be one million pounds worth of security – paid
    for by the taxpayer. Two thousand officers from the Met, 300
    British Transport Police, City of London police officers, Ministry
    of Defence police, plain clothes detectives, security guards and
    specialists from the Met’s marine, dogs and horse units, have all
    been drafted in. Not to arrest those selling weapons of mass
    destruction but to protect those same, poor, arms dealers from
    demonstrators who’ve vowed to try and shut down this ‘trade in

    Welcome to the Defence Systems and Equipment International (DSEi –
    pronounced dicey) Exhibition 2003, Europe’s biggest arms fair.
    Opening the fair will be Minister of War Geoff Hoon, while
    delegations from no less than sixty countries will have their
    accommodation and board paid for by the taxpayer while they shop
    for weapons. Somewhat astutely, a senior officer from the Met says
    they are anticipating a “major public order headache.”

    The UK arms industry accounts for 20% of world weapon sales and
    after agriculture is the most heavily government subsided
    industry. Scientists for Global Responsibility (SGR) say that MoD
    spending on research and development has increased by 27% over the
    last year. Dr. Stuart Parkinson, SGR Director said: “Much of the
    MoD’s research and development is geared towards making weaponry,
    sometimes for export to regimes with bad human rights records. It
    would be much more ethical to use the scientific expertise to
    accelerate, for example, the development of
    environmentally-friendly technologies.”

    At the first DSEi in 1999, two separate breaches of the
    International Landmines Act were uncovered by journalists. And in
    2001, as planes were crashing into the World Trade Centre, 14
    different Middle Eastern nations were shopping for weapons at the
    Excel Centre, side by side with the US, Israel, Australia and the
    UK. While thousands of other events around the world were
    cancelled out of respect for the dead, DSEi stayed open and arms
    dealers clocked up sales to Israel, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, the US,
    Colombia, China and Russia.sales to Israel, Turkey, Saudi Arabia,
    the US, Colombia, China and Russia.

    Poor human rights record? There are two invitation lists to DSEi,
    the official MoD list, which this year includes feuding neighbours
    India and Pakistan, Turkey, Russia, and ‘axis of evil’ state
    Syria. Then there’s the organisers, Spearhead Ltd.’s, own secret
    list, over which the MoD has consultation but ultimately no

    Spearhead have invited Afghanistan, Angola, Tanzania, and Israel.
    No cash for health and education? Well DSEi has something for
    everyone. The whole of next Thursday (11th) is dedicated to a
    conference called ‘Making Defence Affordable?’

    The Campaign Against Arms Trade (CAAT) is stunned: “Following
    controversy about the UK licensing a £28million military air
    traffic control system to Tanzania, which it neither needs nor can
    afford, it is disturbing that Tanzania – one of the very poorest
    countries in the world – has been invited to buy yet more arms.”
    Martin Hogbin, of CAAT underlines the obvious hypocrisy at work at
    DSEi: “If the UK was serious about developing a lasting peace
    between Israel and Palestine, we would not promote sales of more
    arms into the region.”

    Companies exhibiting, alongside weapons giants Lockheed Martin and
    BAE, include Bulgarian small arms firm Arsenal Company which is
    reported to have sold £5-6 million of arms to Chad and Angola, as
    well as supplying arms to Sierra Leone in breach of the UN
    embargo. “Many of these companies have been fingered for shipping
    arms, sometimes illegally, into regions of terrible conflict like
    the Congo” says Hogbin. Others manufacture some of the most brutal
    and indiscriminate weapons in the world, including landmines and
    cluster bombs. At least two producers of depleted uranium shells
    will be exhibiting this year.

    In a half-arsed attempt at political correctness, Spearhead have
    asked exhibitors not to display cluster bombs at DSEi! According
    to UNICEF, more than 1000 children have been injured by cluster
    bomblets and other unexploded weapons since the ‘end’ of the war
    in Iraq. Of course, cluster bombs can still be bought at DSEi,
    just not displayed, and like everything else on sale there they
    will not be subject to UK export controls.
    In the run up to DSEi activist groups have been targeting
    exhibiting UK companies, such as Fluent in Sheffield and Cambridge
    Consultants. Two weeks ago Spearhead’s head office in New Malden
    was occupied, and on Monday protesters – bound together by arm
    tubes – blockaded the gates to the ExCel Centre for five hours,
    preventing tanks being delivered to the exhibition. Police used
    cutting equipment to remove the tubes and a number of people were
    arrested under charges of obstructing the highway.

    The police have promised to treat demonstrators “in the same sort
    of way as the May Day riots” and have been issued blanket stop and
    search laws under the Terrorism Act 2000. That’s obviously because
    people protesting about weapons that kill and maim are just bloody
    terrorists that need to be stamped on – whereas those poor souls
    trying to earn an honest living by selling weapons that kill and
    maim – well, they need all the love, affection and money we can
    throw at ’em.

    Completely unbelievable!!

    If this wasn’t so detrimental to a lot of lives then this scenario would be laughable.

    I truly am shocked. I know what our government are like but didn’t realise they stoop this low. I need to open my eyes a bit more I think.

    Shocking stuff, isn’t it!






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