Salisbury Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament members joined other groups to protest at the Defence and Security Equipment International (DSEI) arms fair at the Excel Centre, Newham, East London.

The annual event allows arms firms to showcase their wares to governments from across the world.

The focus of the one of many days of protest, September 4, was on nuclear weapons.

Caroline Lanyon of Salisbury CND, pictured above holding the banner with Eddie Boyle, said: “We were protesting against UK defence manufacturers such as Lockheed International, BAE Systems and Rolls Royce, among others, who profit from making nuclear weapons.”

“These companies are supplying components for the new British Trident nuclear armed submarines, against which CND has been campaigning for many years.

“There were protesters from CND groups across the country, some from as far as Faslane in Scotland, and a contingent from Yorkshire. There was a CND choir from Stroud.”

With the annual cost of wars in the world estimated at many trillions of pounds, CND considers the arms fair to be a disgrace to Britain, and responsible for many civilian deaths, as in Yemen. It will continue to campaign for the vast financial and human resources to be reallocated to peace-making and humanitarian efforts.

The arms fair runs from September 10 to 13.

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