Show your support to Christian activists on trial for protesting at London arms fair

Symon Hill
In September 2013 someone who I deeply respect took the decision to create a blockade to stop arms dealers entering Defence Security and Equipment International (DSEi) 2013.

Symon Hill is a Christian and an activist. He also represents the better thought out wing of these two categories. He is someone that I have a lot of respect for.

In September when he joined a human non-violent blockade he was arrested (alongside James Clayton, Chloe Skinner, Chris Wood and Daniel Woodhouse) under the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994.

They all pleaded not guilty to the charges.

The date of their trial has now been announced as the 3rd and 4th February at Stratford Magistrates Court. Those who want to are encouraged to join a vigil outside the court at 10:00am each day.

It would be great if enough people showed up so the story was subverted from ‘Christian activists on trial for public disorder’ to ‘Hundreds gather outside court in solidarity with Christian peace activists’.

Sadly I am a few thousand miles away in a different continent so I can’t make it. That is why I would love you, yes you, to head down there and offer your support to both a friend and a principle on my behalf.

For more information:

  • Christians arrested in blockade protest at arms fair – reported in Ekklesia
  • Rowan Williams pledges support for arms trade activists – reported in The Guardian.
  • Send a personal message of support or ask Symon Hill a question on Twitter


Filed under Religion, Social comment

3 responses to “Show your support to Christian activists on trial for protesting at London arms fair

  1. Margaret Hill

    I would like to show support but am not in England. Would writing letters for/to them help? If so will you publish addresses here..


  2. Phil Irvine

    Thanks for posting this, I’ll be lucky enough to be in London that day, so will try and go along. I’d rather the narrative was changed to a simple “Hundreds gather outside court in solidarity with peace activists”, as many of those supporting them will not be Christians themselves, but if religion has to be brought into it, then like you I’d rather it was used to highlight the desire for peace.


    • the reason I kept the Christian part of it in is because that is how those who were arrested self-identified. I thought it was not up to me to change that. but you’re of course right that we should not look to label the crowd – hoping to see support from across different religions, communities and groups


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