Druid Cycles is a bicycle repair community interest company (CIC) based in south London with a green approach, focusing on recycling and repair. They tell us why they feel so strongly about the forthcoming London arms fair, DSEI.
Our team consists mainly of people from former Soviet Block countries . Many of us did army service and some have been to Afghanistan or Chechnya.
I do not have to explain to you that those tours of duty cause long-term psychological damage; many are unable to deal with the trauma. I know many personal stories and many of us regret what has happened in the past. We were part of a machine, unable to resist and as brainwashed as many people today.
We joined Critical Mass just three months ago, out of passion. We have known about protests in London, many years and have also taken part in them.
We have been given a free exhibition space by the show organiser at the Excel Centre and after reading messages from other mass riders, I remembered the Arms trade show.
Although we have been guests at the bike show, I thought we should also use this opportunity to educate others and express our honest opinion. We are an organisation working with bikes, cyclists and cycling organisations and we are in favor of bikes and not canons, tanks and land mines.
If we can assist again, it will be our pleasure and duty to peace.
The team of Druid Cycles