War of words over arms show

An event organiser has defended a controversial arms
tradeshow.

Protestors against the arms tradeshow took their fight to the offices of
Clarion Events’ new owner Providence Equity.

Clarion Events
organises major events in the arms trade, including the DSEI arms fair, which
will take place at Excel, London in September, hosting more than 1,000 arms
companies.

The Campaign Against
Arms Trade say the companies at the show facilitate weapons sales to countries
in conflict and repressive regimes. 

A spokesperson for Clarion Events said: “Defence
is the most highly and tightly regulated industry in the world and Clarion’s
defence and security events serve only the legitimate global defence industry.”

DSEI event director Duncan Reid told CN: “The
acid test for the performance of a major international event like DSEI is the
extent to which the exhibitors express their support, both anecdotally and –
crucially – by re-booking for the next edition. Our opinion survey of
exhibitors at DSEI 2013 shows that 92.9 per cent considered exhibiting as very
important or quite important, while 86.3 per cent said they were going to
rebook their stand.”

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Paul Colston

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