Nation: Up in Arms

Protests over a weapons show

The annual meeting of the Hyatt Corp. is generally an accommodating affair. Last week, however, the company's gathering in Chicago became the target of protesters who are up in arms over a conference scheduled later this month in the O'Hare International Trade and Exhibition Center and the Hyatt Hotel near Chicago's O'Hare International Airport.

"Defense Technology '79," the conference calls itself. An "arms bazaar," its foes charge. Whichever, it will bring together on Feb. 18-21 arms manufacturers, potential buyers and military strategy experts from the U.S. and foreign countries, including the Soviet Union, Egypt and South Korea. Nearly...

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