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Full list of anti- DSEi arms fair events - september 5-12th

researcher | 25.08.2003 17:09 | DSEi 2003 | Anti-militarism | London

There is now a large list of events and protests scheduled around the DSEi arms fair in London in September. Events below are listed on the Disarm DSEi website complete with maps (, the CAAT website (, the Destroy DSEi website ( and the Fluffy DSEi website ( (NB - List compiled 25th August)

note: the Convergence Centre will be open 7th-11th september - see:

note: there are also other events before the week starts, but they are not listed here.


Friday 5th September:

Press Conference about DSEi and the protests against it, Friends House (Opposite Euston Station). Hosted by CAAT. All media welcome. Please notify ( if you are bringing TV cameras so venue can prepare.

NVDA Training is running from 5th-10th:
Trinity Methodist Centre, 119 East India Dock Road, Poplar, E14


Saturday 6th September:

"No Arms Fair" procession. Mass march through central London. Meeting on Victoria embankment outside Temple station, then marching past Trafalgar Square, the Houses of Parliament, Downing Street and the Ministry of Defence, ending just outside the imperial war museum in the Geraldine Mary Harmsworth Park.

Grand Opening Of Convergence Centre! The DSEi convergence centre will opened by Mark Thomas, there will also be music from Cello Man and a chance to socialise before the week kicks off in full. Convergence Centre - Kingsley Hall, Powis Road London E3


Sunday 7th September:

DSEi Counter-conferences:

Disarm DSEi Conference at the Convergence Centre - Kingsley Hall, Powis Road London E3
Loads of talks, discussions and workshops, including the Indymedia Volunteer Meeting (1030 - 1200).

Workshop 1: Legal Workshop by L.D.M.G.
Workshop 2: Indymedia U.K.
Workshop 3: W.O.M.B.L.E.S.

Workshop 1: "War! What is it Good For" by Revolution
Workshop 2: "NVDA Training" by the NVDA Training Collective
Workshop 3: "After the Libertarian Bloc" by Anarchist Youth Network

Workshop 1: "Creating centres of resistance" by Radical Routes
Workshop 2: "Wot? No Weapons of Mass Destruction" by Stop the War
Workshop 3: Fluffy DSEi workshop

Workshop 1: "Behind Bars: The Prison Industrial Complex"
Workshop 2: "Oil, War and Climate Change" by Rising Tide
Workshop 3: Destroy DSEi Workshop

Workshop 1: Schnews Workshop (tbc)



From 12.00pm:
St Annes Church Hall. Day of training and workshops including Non-violent Direct Action Training, Speakers from Pressure Groups, NGO's and many others, hosted by Campaign Against Arms Trade.


Monday 8th September:

Early morning 'pro-arms' action!

10.30am-5.30pm: Second day of Disarm DSEi conference at convergence centre

Workshop 1: "Latin America" by Socialist Resistance
Workshop 2: Globalise Resistance
Workshop 3: Baku-Ceyhan Pipeline

Workshop 1: "Apocalypse Now: An uncivilised response to war and
the arms trade" by Wildfire
Workshop 2: CAAT
Workshop 3: UK Border Camp 2004

Workshop 1: "The WTO" by the PGA
Workshop 2: "Nuclear Weapons, Missile Defence and the Arms Trade"
by Youth & Student CND
Workshop 3: "The Arms Trade and British Imperialism" by Fight Racism!
Fight Imperialism!

Workshop 1: "Legal Workshop" by LDMG
Workshop 2: ISM workshop
Workshop 3: Global Women's Strike Workshop



Candlelit prayer and vigil with local church and community, at Excel Centre (Custom House DLR)


Tuesday 9th September:

Day of NVDA actions on first day of DSEi arms fair:

Globalise Resistance + others Meeting at the recreational ground opposite Prince Regent DLR Station

demonstration outside DSEi just by Custom House tube station. Meeting at the recreational ground opposite Prince Regent DLR Station. There will then be a procession to Custom House. Early arrivers and flexi-time workers are meeting opposite Custom House DLR station from 08.30am to welcome arms trade exhibitors as they arrive. A CAAT presence will be there from 08.00am.

Fluffy DSEi Mass NVDA action, meeting at small roundabout at Eastern entrance of Excel, off Connaught Bridge Rd.

6:30pm - 10:30pm:
Day three of the film screenings at the convergence centre.


Wednesday 10th September:

"Stop The Industry" - 'Day of Direct Action Blockades' to shut DSEi

Critical Mass bike ride. Meet in front of the Royal Exchange, off Threadneedle St. & Queen Victoria St. EC4. Near Bank Tube, in the heart of London's Financial District. Cycle to EXCEL. More information

Meet the arms traders. Meeting inside Custom House station (DLR & Silverlink). People have been asked to dress as smart as possible.

Blockade the Death Fair. Meeting at Canning Town roundabout, outside Canning Town station (Tube, DLR & Silverlink).

Storm the Death Fair. Meeting at Connaught Bridge underpass, western end of Royal Albert Way. Royal Albert or Prince Regent DLR.

Street Party. Meeting at Rathbone street Market, off Newham Way, at the Canning Town Roundabout end, London E13 Nearest tube (Jubilee Line) Canning Town, also DLR and Silverlink.

Women in Black vigil. Women only, dressing in black, silent vigil. Edith Cavell statue located opposite National Portrait Gallery at the bottom of Charing Cross and St. Martin's, near Trafalgar Square. Men have been encouraged to form solidarity vigil on steps of St. Martin's church which is within sight of Edith Cavell statue. Contacts email or 020 7813 2019.

6:30pm - 10:30pm:
Day two of the film screenings at the convergence centre.


Thursday 11th September:

Peaceful silent vigil opposite Custom House DLR station. Remembering September 11th victims and all victims of wars. Led by local churches. People have been asked to wear black.

Loud and lively demonstration and affinity group actions for the "Delegate's Gala Dinner" at a central London Hotel. No further details as yet.

6:30pm - 10:30pm:
Day three of the film screenings at the convergence centre.


Friday 12th September:

Open Forum?:
to discuss what happened through the week and looking at how to do things in the future. This is for all supporting groups to come together and see how things could be done next time.

Benefit gig:
Mark Thomas will be hosting an evening of music and comedy against DSEi. Contact CAAT for details.



Hide the following 8 comments

Why are the organisers of the arms fair still going ahead?

26.08.2003 12:27

I can't understand why the organisers of the arms fair are still going ahead with the arms fair are they mad? Don't they know from past mass protests like Seatle, Prague, and Genoa that tens of thousands of protesters are going to converge on the arms fair and smash it? If they don't know that then when the anti-arms fair comes on the 9th and the 10th of September they wont know what hit them. The local met police are in for a surpise too, they will be facing hardened European activists like Ya Basta and the Greek anarchists who recently caused chaos at the EU summit in June.


Another event

26.08.2003 22:33

On Monday 1st September there’s an anti-DSEI disco benefit night at Notting Hill arts club along with visuals and films from Guerilla TV , info -

A celebration of all the good that comes from people gathering to fight things that are so obviously bad, the anti-DSEI disco is a chance for all the involved to have a bloody good time before the real work starts the following week.

Kicking off at 6pm there will be talks, speaches and good will messages from CND, GreenPeace, Disarm DSEI and a few suprises for everyone.

The once the talking has finished an evening of disco dancing fun featuring DJ sets from:

The FreeLance Hellraiser
Eddy Temple Morris(xfm)
The Go Team(tbc)
The Broadway Project(tbc)and more....

Recording, archiving and adding the visual to the night will be Guerilla TV. Featuring live video feeds, interactive projected visuals and even a chance to record your own video messages for othe Guerilla TV users.


more events

01.09.2003 23:37

Picket Lockheed Martin!
5th of September

Lets get the week of action against the arms trade off to a flying start with a picket of the worst arms company in the world Lockheed Martin. They still manufacture anti-personnel land mines, which they flog for as little as £2 each. Across the world, landmines claim a new victim every twenty minutes, that’s more than 26,000, mostly civilian, deaths and injuries each year.

Lockheed also produce the AUP-3(M) depleted uranium missiles that have been deployed in Afghanistan and Iraq. When a DU shell explodes, it sends out contaminated dust particles small enough to be inhaled - high doses kill, low levels cause cancer. Since the last Gulf War incidences of leukaemia and Hodgkins disease in Iraq have increased tenfold, as has the proportion of babies born with birth defects, that is without heads, brains, spines and limbs.

Their UK head office is at floor 2, Berkshire House, 168 - 173 High Holborn. It is dead easy to find it is on the corner of High Holborn and Endell Street, slap bang in the centre of London. Nearest tubes Covent Garden, Holborn and Tottenham Court Road. Meet up at 12noon on Friday the 5th of September outside their offices. Bring banners, whistles, drums etc.


Picket Spearhead!
Wednesday 3rd September, 12 noon at their Headquarters, the Apex Tower, New Malden, Surrey.

Spearhead Exhibitions are the organisers of DSEi (Defence Systems & Equipment International), Europe’s largest arms fair, to be held at ExCeL, London Docklands from 9 – 12 September.

By actively helping in the distribution of lethal weapons and profiting from a murderous industry Spearhead are complicit in murder and violence committed all over the world including that of some of the most oppressive regimes.

We want to give their employees some food for thought in their lunch hour!

There will be leaflets to hand out. Please bring banners etc if possible.

Spearhead is based at the Apex Tower, New Malden, Surrey KT3 4DQ.

The Apex Tower is right near New Malden train station on the corner of High St and Grafton Rd – you can’t miss it! Trains go from London Waterloo.

Buses from Kingston and Sutton: 213, K1.

Picket called by London Youth & Student CND. For more info call 020 7607 3616 or email Youth & Student CND is a supporting group of Disarm DSEi. For information about the Disarm DSEi week of protest from 6-12 September see


Schedule for anti-dsei film festival at the convergence centre - see

All films are showing in the ground floor Annex.

Tuesday 9th September

Fuck The System
A Collection of footage from the front-line in the fight against ecological ruin. Includes interviews with Earth Liberation Front prisoners and scenes from J18 in Eugene, Oregon.

Dispatches - DSEi 1999 Excellent investigation into the death dealings at the last DSEi.

Wednesday 10th September

Anti-capitalists are Everywhere
Five short anti-war films.

Quiet Riot Denver anarchists test police surveillance by sending false details of
a riot on their email list.

Baraka Beautiful and sad film exploring indigenous cultures around the world and their fight to survive.

Thursday 11th September

Anti-War Shorts
Collection of footage from anti war actions in the UK and abroad.

In Whose Interest? The practical horrible realities of power.

09” 11’ 01 Eleven short films from eleven directors from eleven different countries. Each film is 9 minutes, 11 seconds and one frame long and explores 9/11 from some interesting angles.


another one

02.09.2003 11:37

Camden Stop the War have called for a protest at Lockheed for Tuesday 9th September at 1pm.

This is for people, especially those from workplaces, that cannot make it to East London on that day.

CStW are encouraging anyone who is not working that day to join the protests in the Docklands

(next to Oasis Sports Centre at corner with Endell St WC1).

See for more details.


Peace Party!

03.09.2003 07:49

CND are having a free festie peace party on 14 September with live bands, sound systems, performers, kids area, circus acts, information stalls, speakers, food and drink

...everything from the Wango’s music stage to the Big Sexy Festy Party...

Victoria Park, London
noon till 7.30pm
0207 700 2393


Party with a purpose

03.09.2003 07:58

Fri 05

Benefit Gig - in support of the Thessaloniki 8...

the Lams, Headjam, Gertrude, Active Slaughter, Electricity Comes from Other

with DJ's Bunnymad 69 [michelle long. Vernon M. Kris Needs] & MC Vis the Spoon

Doors open 10pm 'til 6pm, £3 or more donation.
Cheap bar, All night Cafe & Cinema all night

91 EastWay, Hackney Wick, London E9
Bus: 26,30,236,388, N26, N236
BR: Hackney Wick Station [silverlink]

For more info on the Thessaloniki 8 or to get involved -


Lockheed Martin Location?

04.09.2003 10:36

Can anyone confirm if this is correct?

Lockheed Martin is no longer at Berkshire House 168-173 High Holborn
There are other offices at 22 Carlisle Place, SW1 and Berkeley Square House, Berkeley Square W1X


Lockeed mystery

07.09.2003 15:57

Went to Cardinal Manning House, 22 Carlisle Place SW1
yesterday. (NOTE: 22 is on the corner, out of numbering
sequence. The very, very expensive house where it ought
to be has a small sign saying "not here".)

Lockheed are being very, very shy about their presence.
There's a shipping company on the ground floor, an
oil trader called RheinOel somewhere in the building,
and Food From Britain on the fourth floor.

AH! there's a 5 September press release on Lockheed's
site giving the Carlisle Place number: the PR person is
Chris Trippick +44(0)207 798 2856 (mob) +44 (0)7905 356 646

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