Palestine protesters lock together to block road in Leicester as factory workers barred from going to work

Palestine protesters lock together to block road in Leicester as factory workers barred from going to work

Protesters have blocked the road in Leicester

George Bunn

By George Bunn

Published: 20/11/2023

- 08:37

Updated: 21/11/2023

- 07:10

The group are calling for the factory to be shut down

Pro-Palestine protesters are blocking the road in Leicester outside a factory.

The group, Palestine Action are preventing workers from accessing Elbit Systems at Meridian Business Park.

In a statement on X, formerly Twitter, the group said: "Palestine Action lock-on to lock-out the workforce and block both sides of the road leading to Leicester’s Israeli weapons factory #ShutElbitDown.

"Join us at Meridian East, Meridian Business Park, Leicester, LE19 — Together, we will #ShutElbitDown!"

Protesters are blocking the road and workers

Palestine Action

In the video, the protesters can he heard saying: "Shut Elbit Down".

A spokesperson from Leicestershire Police have now confirmed a 24-year-old man and 23-year-old woman have been arrested on suspicion of offences under the Public Order Act.

They both remain in custody.

Officers have now confirmed one of the entrances to the site has since reopened.

The road has been blocked in Leicester

Palestine Action

The incident was reported shortly after 7am and police were told some people had locked themselves on to vehicles.

Assistant Chief Constable Adam Slonecki said: “We support the right to protest peacefully but will take immediate action against those who are seeking to commit crime and damage property.

“Officers will remain in the area for the foreseeable future and we will provide further updates as and when appropriate.”

UAV Tactical Systems Limited (U-TacS) owned by Elbit Systems UK and Thales UK.

Two people lying in the road with a police car in the background

Officers from Leicestershire Police have arrived at the scene

Palestine Action

The group claim the factory supplies UAV Tactical Systems (U-TacS) weapons to Israel.

A spokesperson for U-TacS said: “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 today.

“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.”

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