PACIFIST and anti-military groups have mobilised against plans to host a major global electronic warfare event in Seville planned to take place next May.
Electronic Arms Warfare (EW) Europe 2021 was originally meant to take place in Liverpool in late November, but the event was canceled due to the pandemic. The city council had also received 40,000 signatures in a petition to not host the conference and exhibition, which led Liverpool’s government to create a code of ethics regarding what events they allow to take place in Merseyside.
The event has been running for 25 years, but the planned May edition in Seville’s Fibes exhibition centre will be Spain’s first time hosting it. The website of organisers Clarion Defense and Security Events says that there will be 85 companies exhibiting their defense wares alongside a summit for military experts and professionals. They expect 1250 attendees, 80% of which will be from Europe.
The Andalusian peace and anti-military movement have already mobilised against the capital hosting what they describe as an ‘arms fair’. On Tuesday the issue was discussed in a large virtual meeting, with the Seville Platform Against War group promising to challenge the city council on their decision to host the event in the capital.
The event is supported by Spain’s Ministry of Defense, and Seville’s government has argued that it will bring much-needed business opportunities to the city in the wake of the pandemic’s ensuing recession. Seville is host to two major defense companies, Airbus who manufacture military transport planes, and the Santa Barbara tank factory.
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