Protesters plan action against arms fair at Excel
Demonstrators will gather at the Royal Docks at the weekend to begin protests against an arms fair.
Defence Security and Equipment International, held every two years at the Excel Centre, arrives on Monday bringing with it delegates from across the globe looking for the latest in international military and national security equipment.
Kaye Stearman, of the Campaign Against Arms Trade, said events in North Africa and the Middle East showed why the exhibition was unacceptable.
"The Arab Spring saw things really kick off for us. lot of weapons being used on demonstrators were bought here," she said.
"There's a direct link and people are becoming more aware of it now."
The campaign group, Stop The Arms Fair, have also accused the Government of secrecy.
Ms Stearman said protesters were finding it difficult to get a list of delegates.
"In previous years it has been released much earlier but this year it won't be until the event begins," she said.
"We feel, given the fact public money is supporting the arms fair, we should be informed."
A musical protest will take place at the Western Entrance of the Excel Centre on Saturday at 2pm. The following day activities will begin at midday near the conference venue.
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