In January, the UK arms industry gathered in London for a £200 a head dinner at the Grosvenor House Hotel to celebrate its achievements – the profits it has made from the bombing and starvation of Yemen. But campaigners were there to expose the deadly impact of this trade, blocking entrances and forcing senior arms industry executives to queue around the block (CAAT website).

Today, February 8th, it was announced that the DPRTE arms fair,  due to take place at the NEC Centre, Birmingham on March 28th, will now move to a new location, Farnborough International Exhibition and Conference Centre (below), inside the security fences of Farnborough Airport. Read more about the event here: https://www.dprte.co.uk/

The announcement came after the new Birmingham Stop the Arms Fair group had planned a day of creative actions against the event. Organisers told campaigners that the decision was made following consideration of the impact of all events on all our guests.”

Josiah Mortimer gives the full email from the event organisers below:

Hi,

Since agreeing to host the Defence Procurement, Research, Technology & Exportability 2019, some changes have had to be made to the setup of the event in order to allow for its smooth and safe running. The complexity of the NEC campus, with multiple exhibitions, conferences and entertainment events taking place on site simultaneously, means we must always consider the impact of all events on all our guests. Reviewing the plans with the organiser has led us to believe it’s more appropriate for DPRTE to be hosted at a more self-contained venue – therefore it will now be hosted at Farnborough International Exhibition & Conference Centre.

Many thanks, Team NEC

This is the event’s third move: energetic protest and objections from local people drove it out of Cardiff … Hugh Douglas from Birmingham Stop the Arms Fair said: “The government might be willing to ignore the death and destruction caused by the arms industry, but local people are not.”

 

 

 

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