Reed Elsevier faces arms protest

<p>New allegations on Reed Elsevier&#39;s links to the most controversial parts of the arms trade have emerged, as peace protesters descend today on the a.g.m. in London of the conference and publishing company, reports the Independent.<br /><br />According to a protest group, an arms fair organised by Reed in February in the United Arab Emirates invited the defence minister of Sudan, a regime that has been condemned by the US for sponsoring the &quot;genocide&quot; in Darfur. The Campaign Against the Arms Trade also found that land mines and cluster bombs were on sale at the event. These revelations will increase pressure on Reed to cut its links to the arms industry. Reed organises trade shows for defence companies around the world, including a biennial arms fair in London.</p><p>Reed was condemned in 2005 by one of its own publications, the medical journal The Lancet.</p>