Approximately 150 protesters took to the streets of London today to mark the start of the DSEi arms fair taking place in the Excel Centre in East London.
The protest was organised by a network of people working under the banner of Disarm DSEi. Disarm DSEi had produced a map of arms traders and investors in the London area. Some of these became targets for today’s protest.
People gathered at an RBS building and moved off around the the city stopping to protest outside of Barclay’s Bank, Legal & General, Schroders and Lloyds TSB who all have links to the arms trade.
Towards the end of the march the protest drew close to a BT building. Demonstrators rushed forward, pushing through the locked revolving doors and into the building where they spread out shouting ‘Shame on you’ and holding a banner stating ‘Bomb makers and bankers, murdering wankers’ to the applause of catering staff working in the building. BT holds £59 million worth of shares in the international arms trade.
The protest then moved onto AXA where windows where smashed and paint bombs thrown. AXA has £6,207 million invested in the international arms trade. People also left messages written in chalk and taped onto the front of the building.
Protesters storm the BT building
No arrests where made.