On Thursday, queer protesters including military veterans and drag artists went om the streets of the British capital to protest against the arms fair. Groups including the Campaign Against Arms Trade and Lesbians and Gays Support the Migrants blocked vehicles not to let them deliver weapons. The Defence & Security Equipment International 2017 (DSEI) will run from September 12 to 15 and has been heavily criticised for allegedly marketing weaponry to oppressive regimes. The blockade on Thursday included military veterans and drag artists who engaged in creative forms of protest in addition to the physical blockade, including speeches, cabaret and even a picnic. Several protesters locked themselves onto the travelling equipment to prevent their movement into the ExCel centre. The Metropolitan Police have confirmed to PinkNews that ten people were arrested for their involvement in the protests.