The occupation of an Israeli-owned drone factory in Staffordshire came to an end last night as police scaled the roof to arrest the protesters.
The occupation began around 5am on Tuesday morning when a group of campaigners from London Palestine Action descended on UAV Engines Limited. UAV builds engines for drones and is a subsidiary of Elbit Systems,
The protesters chained the factory gates closed and occupied the roof, unfurling a “
The protesters remained defiant until the end chanting “brick by brick, wall by wall, Israeli apartheid’s gonna fall” as they were arrested and taken from the roof.
The police cordoned off the area around the factory. But on Tuesday and Wednesday people from the surrounding area came to show solidarity with the occupation.
Local activists protested outside Stafford Police station today, Thursday, demanding the release of the occupiers.
The occupation came in the midst of protests across
Vigils were held in
The strength of the solidarity movement has forced a number of councils around
On Monday a Jewish woman burned her Israeli passport outside Downing Street in an emotional protest against
Other activists have organised mass leafleting of train stations, workplaces and mosques around
Saturday’s demonstrations have the potential to heap further pressure on the British government. Tory prime minister David Cameron is looking more isolated on this issue.
Deputy prime minister Nick Clegg has called for an arms embargo on
Several Labour MPs have demanded that David Cameron recalls parliament over this issue.
Every activist needs to go all out and do everything they can to build Saturday’s demonstrations.