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Campaigners call for support of protester facing 10 years behind bars after arms factory occupation

CAMPAIGNERS have called for solidarity with a protester facing a 10-year sentence after he occupied an Israeli arms factory in Britain last month. 

The Inter-faith for Palestine group said that Nick Georges, 69, is being prosecuted “for standing up for peace.”

Mr Georges was arrested on February 23 along with five other members of the Palestine Action group during a rooftop protest at the UAV Engines factory in Staffordshire. The action successfully paused the site’s production of deadly weapons, which have been used on Gaza.
 
The five will appear at Stafford Combined Court on Monday morning for a pre-trial hearing, facing charges of causing criminal damage of over £5,000. The maximum penalty for such an offence is 10 years in jail. 

The inter-faith group called on supporters to join them outside the court at 9.30am and released a video with messages of solidarity for group member Mr Georges.

Chairman Joseph O’Neill said: “Nick’s action will have saved Palestinian children from murder by Israeli-regime drones. [His] Christian witness against one of 10 Elbit factories of death in the UK is an example to us all.”

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