Arms fair protesters chase London Marathon runners
Arms fair opponents will try to reach runners registering for the London Marathon at Excel this weekend.
As reported by The Wharf earlier this month, East London Against The Arms Fair will stage a musical protest on Saturday against September's DSEi event in Docklands.
Runners taking part in Sunday's event will be heading to the Royal Docks exhibition centre for the last day of registration on Saturday. ELAAF plans to be there to raise awareness of the impact of the international arms fair, which returns to Excel from September 8 to 11.
ELAAF, which is affiliated to Campaign Against Arms Trade, is inviting musicians, singers, groups and choirs to join in between 2pm and 5pm, as well as people willing to distribute leaflets or talk to passers-by.
CAAT spokeswoman Kaye Stearman said: "Some participants will be fundraising for charities working with maimed, bereaved and orphaned victims of the arms trade. Yet how many of these runners realise that the Excel centre will soon host one of the world's most notorious arms fairs?
"Unlike DSEi, ELAAF's musical protest will be a peaceful event that harms no one. This is a good natured, gentle protest with a serious purpose."