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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.
The UK government is condemning violence in Syria, days before inviting other brutal dictators to shop for weapons at a massive arms fair.
Months after the country's civil war began, the UK allowed firms to sell chemicals to Syria capable of being used to make nerve gas, says the Daily Record today.
Six national Christian organisations have said that nonviolent direct action to disrupt the London arms fair would be a moral response to a sinful trade.