London’s arms fair has opened this morning to a wave of protest and criticism. Protestors have demonstrated both outside the fair and at the offices of UKTI, the government unit through which the arms fair is subsidised.
Members of a parenting website are challenging the site’s owners Johnson and Johnson over its association with the commercial arms trade. Clarion's involvement in the weapons sales business has provoked many protests in recent months.
Demonstrators will act as dead and blood-stained bodies, at the Baby Show in Manchester this morning. The action is a protest against the recent purchase of arms fairs by the Baby Show's owners, Clarion Events.
Clarion Events, owners of the Baby Show which opened in London on Friday, are facing a backlash against their involvement in the arms trade. One of the Show's main sponsors, Bounty, has confirmed that it would not be exhibiting.
Clarion Events, organisers of exhibitions including the Baby Show and the Spirit of Christmas Fair, have announced their purchase of two arms fairs. This is in addition to the three arms fairs they bought in May 2008.