Protesters rammed through gates of Leicester-based U-TacS, sprayed security hut and cars with red paint and climbed on the roof with flares
Pro-Palestine vandals broke into a drone factory linked to Israel on Wednesday after a call for supporters to target “complicit companies”….CONTINUE READING HERE
The activists rammed a van through the gates of the offices of U-TacS, a Leicester-based subsidiary of Elbit Systems, which is accused of supplying the Israeli government with military hardware and drones.
Climbing onto the roof of the white van, they lit flares and waved Palestinian flags, shouting: “[Rishi] Sunak is the real criminal.”
The protesters also sprayed the security hut and staff cars with red paint to represent the “blood of victims” in the ongoing Middle East conflict.
In a video of the incident posted to Twitter, a man dressed in black, whom peaceful protesters watching on from outside suggested may have been a manager at the site, can be seen poking the protesters with a stick before police arrive.
Two men were being questioned by police on Wednesday along with a third female supporter arrested at the scene on suspicion of causing criminal damage.
Palestine Action has claimed responsibility for the protest, just days after it produced an “Underground Manual” telling activists to smash windows and break into businesses suspected of supplying Israel with weapons.
A group of “peaceful” pro-Palestine protesters who were camping outside the factory at Meridian East in Braunstone, on the outskirts of Leicester city centre, witnessed the drama unfolding.
Sean Irish, 26, told The Telegraph: “Two Pro-Palestine activists rammed the gate with their van before most of the staff had arrived.
“They sprayed the security hut with red paint from fire extinguishers and also some of the staff members’ cars parked up.
“The paint was to represent the blood of the Palestinian victims, including many children.”
Mr Irish, a former green energy sales manager, who has been camping outside the plant since the recent escalation of the Israeli-Palestine war, said: “This is a peaceful protest and no one has been injured.
“We just want our voice heard. So many Palestinians are dying, they are being murdered.
“Today this factory which is building drones and supplying them to the Israeli military to use against the Palestinians has seized work.”
U-Tacs has insisted these claims are false and that it does not supply the Israeli military or Israeli ministry of defence.
‘U-TacS does not supply the Israeli military’
Mr Irish, originally from County Wexford, Ireland, said he and his colleagues were not members of the action group, just “supporters” of the pro-Palestine movement.
A huge police presence remained at the scene throughout the day, causing road closures and disrupting workers coming and going to neighbouring companies, including a children’s day nursery.
On Wednesday, a spokesperson for Leicestershire Police said: “Leicestershire Police support the right to protest peacefully but will take action against those who seek to commit crime.
“A policing plan is in place and officers remain at the location.”
A spokesperson for U-TacS said: “This is highly irresponsible and it is fortunate that no one was seriously injured by this violent attack using a vehicle as a weapon.
“We will work with the authorities to prosecute any person or group threatening the safety of our staff or their important work providing critical support to the British armed forces. We are confident that our operations will continue unaffected.
“To be absolutely clear, U-TacS does not supply the Israeli military or Israeli ministry of defence. Any claims to the contrary are completely false.
“This group is using misinformation as a tactic to recruit people to join them and commit acts which could have serious legal consequences for those individuals….CONTINUE READING HERE