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Activists call for Gaza solidarity at rally outside BAE Systems in Glasgow

PALESTINIAN solidarity campaigners took to the rain-soaked streets of Glasgow today as the slaughter in Gaza continues.

Activists from the Gaza Genocide Emergency Committee (GGEC) gathered in Govan, home to Scotland’s largest maunfacturing base at BAE Systems and neighbouring manufacturer Thales.

BAE’s Govan facility is on the site of the former Fairfield Shipyard and has helped build new aircraft carriers for the Royal Navy, winning a government contract to continue manufacture of Type-26 frigates only last year.

The neighbouring Thales plant, formerly Barr and Stroud, has long manufactured sights for weaponry, and more recently diversified into armoured vehicles and drones.

Both companies have come under fire from Palestinian solidarity groups for their links to supplying Israeli forces with sophisticated weapons systems; Thales found its roof occupied by members of Palestine Action last year.

Today (GGEC) members leafleted locals and workers at the facilities before moving on to a vigil in Glasgow’s George Square to remember the innocent civilians being killed as Israeli forces bomb one of the most densely populated places on Earth.

Similar actions are planned tomorrow in Edinburgh, with activists from Edinburgh Action for Palestine planning to picket Leonardo, an arms manufacturer with strong links to the Israeli military.

One activist at BAE Govan, Rebecca, told the Star: “We’re here in the name of peace, and we’re here to ask the workers of this yard to join the trade union brothers and sisters in Belgium, who have refused to help the Israeli war effort.

“We’ve got work to do, but we’ll be out in the wind and rain for as long as it takes to bring this slaughter to an end.”

More action is planned for Saturday, where activists calling for an immediate ceasefire in Gaza will once again rally at 2pm in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Dundee, Aberdeen, Stirling, Dunfermline and Forres.

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