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Arms trade protester Vyara Glysen saw charges against her dropped at the end of January.

Last September, Vyara had used a dry wipe marker pen to write ‘Arms tested on children’ on a military vehicle entering the ExCeL centre in East London to be part of the DSEI arms fair.

She was arrested and charged with criminal damage.

Vyara suggested that the decision to drop charges might have come from a desire to avoid scrutiny of Britain’s role in arming Israel: ‘The Israeli government is violating international law, while using UK weapons to maintain an apartheid-like regime against Palestinians.’