Sadiq Khan tells organisers of world’s largest arms fair to ‘leave London and never come back’

Sadiq Khan tells organisers of world’s largest arms fair to ‘leave London and never come back’ September 9, 2019

The London mayor has been in the news quite a bit recently with regard to his feud with Trump. I like how he is sticking to his idealistic guns. Would be great to see the same in the States, eh.

This is from i News:

Sadiq Khan has issued a staunch rebuke to organisers of the world’s largest arms fair, demanding that they leave London and never return.

The London mayor vowed to block the Defence and Security Equipment International (DSEI) exhibition from taking place in the capital again and said he “strongly opposes” its existence this year.

More than 100 people have been arrested so far as hundreds of protesters gathered outside the Excel centre, in east London, where the biennial DSEI mass weaponry sale is scheduled to take place next week.

Supported by the Ministry of Defence, traders will flaunt their weaponry to international buyers, including Saudi Arabia which will be in attendance following an invite from the UK Government, The Independent reported.

This is despite the Court of Appeal ruling in June that Britain’s arms sales to the Saudi regime were unlawful for their part in helping to fuel bombing campaigns in Yemen, creating one of the world’s worst refugee crises.

Ministers are expected to deliver speeches and attend dinners to explore new arms contracts at the four-day fair, and British armed forces personnel will boast rockets, tanks, grenades and more to visiting delegations.

But the London mayor came down strongly against the arms fair, writing to DSEI’s director to express his disapproval at the event and requesting they “reconsider hosting the fair in London in future”, The Independent said.

“I too strongly oppose this event taking place in London,” he wrote.

“London is a global city, which is home to individuals who have fled conflict and suffered as a consequence of arms and weapons like those exhibited at DSEI.

“In order to represent Londoners’ interests, I will take any opportunity available to prevent this event from taking place at the Royal Docks in future years.”

Mr Khan also urged DSEI to cover Metropolitan Police costs if they plan to return, as the bill for controlling protests in 2017 totalled almost £1 million.

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