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Pacifist on trial: DSEi protest planned on Monday (3rd Dec) in east London

dv | 30.11.2007 03:35 | DSEi 2007 | Anti-militarism | London

A female pacifist pensioner is facing a malicious prosecution for 'trespass at Custom House Docklands Light Railway station' during the DSEi arms fair in September. Her trial concludes on Monday 3rd December, from 9.45 am at Stratford Magistrates' Court in east London (tube: Stratford - jubilee line). There will be a protest with music outside the courthouse.

Supporters are welcome, both at the protest and inside the public gallery, at the conclusion of Mrs Gwyn Gwyntopher’s trial. She is being maliciously prosecuted for the heinous crime of wearing a small notice reading "remember the victims of the arms trade" and seeking access to the area around the Excel centre, where the DSEi international arms fair, sponsored by the Ministry of Defence, was being held. She planned to leaflet arms dealers on their way to the exhibition, to try and persuade them to change their ways.

Here is a report of the original incident by 'Don B.':

The Arresting of Gwyn Gwyntopher – 13/09/2007
21.09.2007 14:31

The following information regarding the arrest of a 66 year old pacifist, Gwyn Gwyntopher, was pointed out in a Disarm DSEI group email. The arrest occurred on the 13/09/2007. She was standing at the Custom House Docklands Light Railway (DLR) Station and was wearing a t-shirt that read ‘Remember the Victims of the Arms Trade’. Transport police arrested, hand cuffed and dragged her along the ground to the elevator. Her husband, Chris Gwyntopher, was separated from her, after they both indicated that she was in considerable pain and appealed to have the hand cuffs removed. The appeals were declined.

Gwyn was then charged with trespassing on the DLR Station and refusing to leave the area. She was offered bail, but on the condition that she would not travel on the DLR until her court appearance. When she refused this condition, Gwyn was transferred to Forest Gate Police Station and held overnight to appear before Stratford Magistrates on 14/9/07. I urge everyone to please support her at Stratford Magistrates' Court on 04/10/2007 for the pre-trial review and 05/11/2007 for the trial.

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