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Two companies have been ejected from the arms fair in east London for promoting illegal torture weapons. The firms are:
- French firm, MagForce International
- Chinese company, Tianjin MyWay International Trading
The action came after Green Party MP Caroline Lucas raised the issue in the House of Commons. The companies were promoting handheld projectile electric shock weapons, weighted leg cuffs, and stun batons, according to the website of Caroline Lucas.
The world's largest, and most controversial arms fair opened its doors in London today, showcasing the latest defence technology.
The threat of U.S military action in Syria hangs heavy over this year's event, with protesters saying London has a moral duty not to host the exhibition. From there our Political Correspondent Simon Harris reports.
Sharon Irvine I can't even find the words to describe both the anger and resignation I feel about this and most of the other things the government is allowing to fuel hatred, discrimination and destruction.
Sarah Waldron of the Campaign Against the Arms Trade claimed that the event would welcome "some of the most authoritarian regimes in the world".
A spokesman for DSEI said:
One of the protesters, Chris Howson, told the Newham Recorder that arms fairs like this one were "fuelling the wars of tomorrow".
He said: "We are here to pray for peace because most people have no idea that they are selling weapons that can be used to kill women and children.”
Anti-war protesters have set up camp outside an arms fair, being held at London's ExCel centre.
The DSEI event is described as the world's largest fully integrated defence and security exhibition, with nearly 30,000 visitors and 1,500 exhibitors.