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"More than 100 people have been arrested as they tried to prevent weapons companies from setting up their stands for the world’s biggest arms fair, which begins this week in London.

Peace activists began a week of blockades of ExCeL centre in Docklands last Monday to stop weapons, vehicles and other military equipment arriving at the biennial Defence and Security Equipment International (DSEI) arms fair.

By Sunday afternoon, after seven days of protests, 102 people had been arrested, mostly for obstructing the highway, the Metropolitan police said.

Many of those who risked arrest to try to prevent the arms fair from going ahead said they had done so because they believed the products on sale at DSEI would be used to commit war crimes. "

See: More than 100 people arrested over London arms fair protests (Guardian, link)

And: DSEI arrest count likely to top 100 (FREEDOM. link):

"The arrest numbers are relatively high and represent a rise in direct action for the for bi-annual arms fair, which has cost the State at least £1 million per show in policing costs alone, according to government statistics. Court costs will have added significantly to that figure as police aim to make an example of protesters."

Comment by Raj Chada, who has previously defended in court many protestors against the arms fair: Protesting Against the Arms Fair (link):

"Reports have suggested that upwards of 100 people have been arrested in last week’s protests at the DSEi arms fair. Most would appear to have been charged with minor offences, such as obstructing the highway. Many were charged without interview and bailed to court – depriving them of any opportunity to put their account or indeed to have proper legal consultations."

And: London arms fair guest list confirmed: Includes a roll call of despots, dictatorships and human rights abusers (Campaign Against the Arms Trade (CAAT, link): "DSEI guest list includes Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Qatar, Turkey and other repressive regimes."

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