Taking Action ... Anti-arms trade protesters vs DSEI Exhibition

Protesters: Anti-arms trade protesters Target: DSEI Location: London Date: 8-11 September

The lowdown

Protesters from groups including the Campaign Against the Arms Trade (CAAT) and Disarm DSEI (Defence Systems and Equipment International) demonstrated against the world's largest arms fair, which took place in London last week. Routemaster buses were decorated with anti-arms trade messages and driven to the headquarters of UK Trade & Investment's Defence & Security Organisation. Another 60 activists smashed windows and descended on the headquarters of companies they believe to be involved in the arms trade, such as BT and Axa Investment Management.

Why the protest?

CAAT's core campaigner Sarah Waldron said: 'The Government will be inviting human rights abusers, countries engaged in conflict and those with development needs to shop for weapons.'

How did DSEI respond?

DSEI spokesman Paul Beaver told the BBC that delegates would be 'going about their lawful business'. He said the event was good for the UK economy and would ensure members of the armed forces had access to the best possible kit.

How did the media cover it?

The BBC had a journalist reporting from inside the fair and the London Evening Standard wrote about the more extreme protesters. AFP went with the angle that a Chinese delegation was attending despite a Europe-wide ban on arms trade with the country.

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