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    Seven people have been arrested amid scuffles between police and protesters at an expo in Brisbane showcasing defence equipment.

    Dozens of uniformed soldiers were also jeered as “war criminals” as they arrived for the Land Forces convention.

    About 150 activists, some carrying fake weapons, converged on the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre this morning to rally against the use of warfare equipment and technology.

    Protesters spread fake blood over the stairs and pavement outside the centre and heckled attendees and police.

    Acting Inspector Michael Coulson said 80 police officers were on scene and seven arrests were made at the protest.

    “Two of those were for wilful damage-type offences and the other five arrests were public nuisance-type offences,” he said.

    Mr Coulson said traffic was not significantly impacted.

    “There hasn’t been that much disruption with the road network around here this morning,” he said.

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