After months of planning, Pax Christi members gathered at St Anne’s Church in London’s Docklands and processed to the East Gate of the ExCel Centre. On the way, they prayed an adapted Stations of the Cross liturgy together, reflecting on the the violence and death of the arms trade which will be promoted at the DSEI Arms Fair next week.
They joined Anglicans, Quakers, Buddhists and many other people of faith for a wonderful time of prayer, singing and friendly solidarity. Together we managed to keep the access road closed all day and prevent trucks bringing in the weapons ready for display and sale next week. We gave a powerful witness that another world is possible in which there is peace built on justice, care for creation, respect and dignity for all. We were moved by the courageous witness of those who endured being arrested and we were joined in prayer by Pax Christi members around the country.
Bishop Declan Lang has issued a statement of support: here
There is another opportunity to bear witness: on the eve of the Arms Fair, Monday 9th Sept, we are gathering for a silent vigil outside the ExCel Centre. Details here