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Barclays staff look down from above. London. 8th September 2009. All pictures © Terence Bunch.

Disarm DSEi Arms Fair Protest BT Lloyds Barclays. London. 8th September 2009.

By Published Last Edited 2009-09-08 00:00:00

Around 150 activists and anti arms-trade campaigners gather in London to bring attention to Europes largest arms fair due to take place in London between 8th and 11th September 2009.

The Defence Systems and Equipment International 2009 (DSEi) weapons fair takes place every second year in London and is a meeting point for those engaged in the procurement of specialist weapons systems which are then used within conflicts around the world causing chronic hardship, injuries and death primarily to civil populations abroad.

The fair is attended by UK Government ministers and foreign visitors.

The protests take place while the UK Government is mired in an unwinnable resource war in Afghanistan and after the withdrawal of British forces from Iraq.

London. 8th September 2009.

The anti arms-trade campaigners leave from a branch of the British bank, Royal Bank of Scotland.

The anti arms-trade campaigners leave from a branch of the British bank, Royal Bank of Scotland.

As they travel through the city, campaigners unveil a large banner over a bridge drawing attention to the role another British bank, Barclays, plays in the arms-trade.

As they travel through the city, campaigners unveil a large banner over a bridge drawing attention to the role another British bank, Barclays, plays in the arms-trade.

As the campaigners arrive at Barclays Bank, a female campaigner holds up an image of a horribly wounded victim of the International arms-trade.

As the campaigners arrive at Barclays Bank, a female campaigner holds up an image of a horribly wounded victim of the International arms-trade.

A short while later, the campaigners arrive at a small business fair organised by the British telecommunications company BT (British Telecom). BT operates shares in the international arms-trade. They force their way inside in order to make themselves visibly present to those inside.

A short while later, the campaigners arrive at a small business fair organised by the British telecommunications company BT (British Telecom). BT operates shares in the international arms-trade. They force their way inside in order to make themselves visibly present to those inside.

A young female activist wears an identity pass she has seconded while inside the BT business fair from a Lloyds employee.

A young female activist wears an identity pass she has seconded while inside the BT business fair from a Lloyds employee.

Security guards stand outside another target as the campaigners arrive.

Security guards stand outside another target as the campaigners arrive.

A campaigner holds up a shoe outside the AXA Insurance building which is a heavy investor in the arms-trade.

A campaigner holds up a shoe outside the AXA Insurance building which is a heavy investor in the arms-trade.

A campaigner holds a sign in front of the smashed window to the entrance to the AXA offices. London, UK.

A campaigner holds a sign in front of the smashed window to the entrance to the AXA offices. London, UK.