Students Protest Against Arms
Students from the University of Manchester travelled to London last week to protest against the world’s biggest arms fair.
Various groups joined together to call for a week of action and resistance against the Defence Systems and Equipment International (DSEI) arms fair whose 973 delegates sell products such as machine guns, cluster bombs, attack helicopters and battleships.
Instead of the usual strictly controlled march, the protests became more like a street party with music pumping from homemade mobile sound systems. Problems nearly arose when members of the Clandestine Insurgent Rebel Clown Army (CIRCA) started to antagonise police who responded with force.
One member of CIRCA, who wished to remain anonymous said “I think the least we proved is that if we are working for a better future for all, it is also going to be a more fun future.” Anna Bay, a Manchester University student, agreed and told Student Direct “This is clearly a destructive industry with no positive purpose and the least we can do as it at least shows our opposition to it”