This 2 minute video gives you a bit of the atmosphere and inspiration of the DSEI Arms Fair blockading event.
The Fair begins next Tuesday, and we were part of a rolling programme of groups blocking the setting of the Fair: this evening at our debriefing meeting we learned that Sadiq Khan condemns the Arms Fair, and intends to prevent it happening in London again. But we don’t know if he has that power.
Alan was arrested at 3 30, because he was so incensed by one of the police trying to break up the second Meeting for Worship half way through. Arresting people at worship is evidently illegal. He was kept standing outside the police station in Plumstead for 4 hours , as there was such a queue of arrestees, but then got a seat during the booking process. Four hours later he phoned me to say where he was, and he was given a cell, loo, mattress and his book back. By midnight he got back to the hotel, after useful legal assistance. The sergeant heard his statement, and then switched off his tape recorder, and expressed his agreement that the government’s actions are illegal.
It’s been a moving and exhausting week
Virginia(Member of the Oxford Meeting)
Hope you can watch this great video of yesterday’s action!