Anti-arms trade protesters target Clarion Events at Olympia - London
Activists from the Stop the Arms Fair set up at the Olympia Exhibition Centre to draw attention to the role played by Clarion Events, who stage the Defence and Security Equipment International. UK. 13th September 2011
On 13/09/2011 as part of this week's London-wide campaign of protests against the presence in East London of the DSEi (Defence & Security Equipment International) arms fair, activists from "Food Not Bombs" - part of the 'Stop the Arms Fair' coalition - and Campaign Against the Arms Trade set up outside Olympia Exhibition Centre to draw attention to the role played by exhibition events organisers Clarion Events, who run the ExCel, Olympia and Earl's Court exhibition centres, in staging what is now the World's largest Arms Fair.
Held every two years at the ExCel Centre in Docklands, the DSEi Arms Fair receives a £320,000 subsidy from UK taxpayers, and policing the event this year will cost up to £4 million.
Despite frequent rain showers, the campaigners kept up a spirited performance, speaking to curious visitors to the "Top Drawer" retail event at Olympia, distributing leaflets and explaining their presence.