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SECURITY guards and police have been accused of using “violence and flimsy arrests” against Palestine solidarity activists who targeted an Israeli-owned arms factory.
For a week, Palestine Action volunteers have been occupying the grounds outside UAV Engines, a subsidiary of Israel’s Elbit Systems, at Shenstone in Staffordshire.
The direct action group said that police and security guards had moved against the occupiers on Sunday, with a female protester being punched by a security guard and other occupiers assaulted, manhandled and arrested.
A Palestine Action spokesperson said: “We may face setbacks imposed by Elbit, their hired thugs and their mates in the British police, but ultimately we have the numbers on our side.
“Whether that’s the locals, whose support for our actions has skyrocketed since the camp, or our activists, who have faced down brutality and legal persecution time and time again, and who won’t ever stop coming forward until we’ve shut Elbit down.”
Staffordshire police said that officers had been called to reports of an assault at the site and had arrested an 18-year-old man and a 59-year-old woman.
The pair remained in custody today.
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