Every year the ExCel Centre, owned by a Qatari multi-national, hosts a major arms fair. As in past years, protesters will aim to shut down the fair and raise awareness of the horrendous consequences of the trade in weapons. There will be events leading up to the fair (Sept 7- 11th) and also the week of the Fair, starting with a musical protest on the 12th of September from 2pm – 5 pm on the footbridge leading up to the entrance. Nearest transport: Custom House DLR and then follow signs to the ExCel Centre.
The Excel centre is privately owned and will try and exclude protesters, another example of the privatisation of the city.
On Saturday, after the stall at Queen’s Market, supporters of the campaign for 100% social housing on the Boleyn Ground went to the Clapton football match. We distributed leaflets for the campaign as well as The Howler (its headline Keep the Rich off our Pitch was popular!), and publicity for the 19th of Sept march against evictions and for social housing. These were well-received by fans. During half-time, we did a collection and were inspired by the fans generosity. The supporters of the team, known as the Clapton Ultras, are certainly special! It was a great atmosphere and we thank them for their welcome.
The Howler has highlighted the way that the rivers are being increasingly taken over by those who want to make money out of them and have them as an enclave for the rich. The recent legislation is a further attack on those who live on the river.
Come and support the bargees on April 19th at 12. Further details below: