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A seventy year-old Quaker from North Yorkshire has refused to pay a fine imposed this morning for a peaceful protest at the London arms fair last year.
Six people facing trial for a peaceful protest at the London arms fair have been told that the charges have been dropped, only days before they were due in court.
Christians acquitted of aggravated trespass say their trial has raised issues about the way that police are deployed at the London arms fair.
There were scenes of jubilation this afternoon, as five Christian peace protesters were acquitted of 'aggravated trespass' at Stratford Magistrates Court.
EU countries licensed arms exports in 2012 valued at €39.9 billion, including a record €9.7 billion in sales to the Middle East – an increase of 22 per cent.
The URC has become the first denomination to express support for Christians about to go on trial in London for protesting against the arms trade.
US Christian leader Tony Campolo has given his backing to five Christians who are on trial for blocking an entrance to the London arms fair.
Former Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, says the trial of five Christian protesters in London should trigger public debate about the arms trade.
Five Christians are to face trial after peacefully blocking one of the entrances to the London arms fair earlier this week.
Protesters against the arms trade have partially blockaded a UK military fair which is hosting the armers of Syria's Assad regime, among others known for gross violations of human rights.