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ASBOs used against DSEi protesters

DISARM DSEi | 27.08.2004 13:51 | DSEi 2005 | Anti-militarism | Repression | London

Yesterday two people and a baby were prevented from holding a banner and handing out leaflets outside Reed Exhibitions (owners of Spearhead and organisers of DSEi, the world’s largest arms fair).

The protest lasted around half an hour with an interested public until a van of cops pulled up and said that whilst they respected our right to protest we couldn’t do it where we were because we were on private property and if we took a step forward we would be on the highway and they would nick us for obstruction. They also claimed that it was illegal to display a sign outside a private building!!!!!! However they did say that we could go and protest on the green which is a ten minute walk away and has no relevance.

After many arguments with aggressive cops, the protest moved to the back entrance. There the same arguments ensued with the cops initially threatening to nick us for harassment and threatening that social services would be called for the baby. However after five minutes they decided that they would disperse us under a temporary ASBO and ban us from returning to Richmond for 24 hours.

Unfortunately because of the presence of the baby, we felt they didn’t have any other option other than to co-operate and give our details. However this will be challenged and the protests will continue.

Text of leaflet:


DSEi (Defence Systems and Equipment International) is a biennial arms fair organised by Spearhead Exhibitions. The next fair is in September 2005 and our presence here today is part of an ongoing campaign to stop DSEi 2005 and to shut down Spearhead.

DSEi is the world’s largest arms fair with 973 exhibitors including murderous arms companies Lockheed Martin, British Aerospace and Rolls-Royce. In 2003 delegates attended from 65 countries including war torn areas of the Middle East and Africa.

In 2003 Spearhead Exhibitions, organiser of the DSEi arms fair for five years, was brought by Reed Exhibitions and later moved into the Reed offices.

We want to let Reed know that buying Spearhead will not be a profitable venture.

Register your protest now! Contact the Chief Executive of Spearhead, organiser of DSEi:
Bob Munton, Spearhead Exhibitions Ltd, Oriel House, 26 The Quadrant, Richmond, Surrey TW9 1DL.
Tel: 020 8439 8900 Fax: 020 8439 8901

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Display the following 15 comments

  1. just a thought — jim
  2. Anti-Social Behaviour Orders — David
  3. if u were a pleb... — chris
  4. unlawful? — NX
  5. Legal Challenges. — fuzzy logic
  6. No matter the legislation — Fredrico
  7. answers to your questions — DISARM DSEi
  8. Case for suing — Fredrico
  9. Past ASBO articles — Chris
  10. Fuzzylogic etc ... more info on ASBOs — lucy82
  11. etc. — lucy
  12. reasons for not challenging or calling bluff — participant
  13. Forewarned is forearmed — Nicki
  14. confusion — participant
  15. clearer and clearer — Nicki