Tuesday, September 14, 1999 Published at 17:57 GMT 18:57 UK
Protests at arms show
Police arrested protesters who blockaded the arms fair
Scuffles broke out at the opening of an international defence show when anti-arms trade campaigners lay down in front of delegates' cars.
Five protesters were arrested, and more than one hundred police officers removed some of the campaigners blocking the entrance to the government-sponsored event.
More than 20,000 delegates are expected at the four-day exhibition.
The UK has supplied more than 40 Hawk trainer jets to Indonesia since the early 1980s but suspended arms deals at the weekend.
Jakarta, which declined an invitation to attend the exhibition, is still awaiting delivery of most of an order for 16 planes under a deal struck in 1996.
They are also angry that the show is being held on Ministry of Defence land and was opened by Defence Secretary Lord Robertson.
Campaign Against the Arms Trade spokeswoman Rachel Harford said: "We are not prepared to allow Tony Blair's Government to host an exhibition in our name and with our money where delegations from human rights abusing countries will doubtless be invited to buy arms."
Labour MP Jeremy Corbyn addressed the crowd, speaking of his experiences as an observer at the elections in East Timor.
"Visitors are coming here to buy weapons that will be used to kill people at some time somewhere in the world," he said.
"There is no point in condemning human rights abuses around the world if we are selling weapons which the death squads are using."
He said there had been a "dramatic reduction" in the amount of arms being sold to the Indonesian government since Labour came to power.
He also said the UK did not sell arms that it thought would be used for internal repression and added that firepower produced by the UK was not "openly on sale to anyone who wants it".
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