The Defence & Security Equipment International (DSEI) arms fair in London attracted significant resistance this year. And this is again the focus of our weekly newsletter.
Resisting the business of death and destruction
Those opposing DSEI made it especially clear that the arming of Israel’s apartheid system is abhorrent.
Protesters of Palestinian, Yemeni, Bahraini, and Nigerian origin all stood against the death and destruction that the arms trade has facilitated in their countries (and elsewhere).
As the arms fair rolled on, the UK, US and Australia announced a provocative new military deal. This included “plans to set up an Australian nuclear powered submarine fleet”, according to Stop the War. The campaign group also stressed that this partnership would “heighten tensions with China and increase the possibility of hostilities breaking out in the region”.
— MANPalestine Action (@ManPalestine) September 18, 2021
Other actions on our radar
- People have been campaigning to stop companies from directly or indirectly trading with the dictatorship of Myanmar (Burma).
- Across the UK, campaigners have been continuing the struggle to stop fox hunting, sometimes facing violence in the process. There is also just over a month before a petition regarding one hunt’s murder of a cat expires.
- Solidarity groups have been keeping up calls for justice for activists in Mexico who have either ‘disappeared‘ or faced assassination as a result of their struggles against corporate domination.
- People have been occupying trees in the US to protect forests.
- Members of the Acorn tenants’ union stepped in to resist an eviction in Cornwall.
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