Ian Pocock writes about London CAAT’s demonstration at the International Fine Art & Antiques Fair.
London CAAT members maintained the pressure on Clarion Events with a demonstration outside the International Fine Art & Antiques Fair at Kensington Olympia on Saturday 11 June. After being moved on by the over-zealous security guards, we took up a position outside the entrance to the tube station.
Our brand new banner ‘This Show is Brought to you by the Arms Trade’ gained a lot of attention and a number of passersby stopped to ask why we were there. Indeed, a few people agreed with our stance and one did not enter the fair once he’d been made aware of the fair’s links to the arms trade. However, not everyone agreed with us, in particular one gentleman who listened carefully to our reasons for protesting and then stormed off saying: “I support the arms trade, I love shooting people”. You can’t win them all!
London CAAT will continue to pressure Clarion Events in the run up to DSEI, in particular by lending their support to the regular vigils taking place outside their offices in Hatton Gardens. The next vigil will take place on Tuesday 5 July. More details can be found on the CAAT events page.