Palestine protesters 'lock down' British factory as they set off flares and block entrance

Palestine protesters 'lock down' British factory as they set off flares and block entrance

Activists from Palestine Action are in Bedfordshire

George Bunn

By George Bunn

Published: 24/11/2023

- 09:43

Updated: 24/11/2023

- 13:16

The group are protesting outside the Lockheed Martin factory

A group of pro-Palestine protesters have blocked the entrance to a aerospace factory in Bedfordshire.

The group from Palestine Action have laid down in front of vehicles outside the property in Ampthill, Bedfordshire.

A spokesperson from the group said: "All gates in and out of Lockheed Martin’s main British weapons factory are LOCKED DOWN by Palestine Action!

"Lockheed Martin supply Israel with F-16 and F-35 fighter jets to drop bombs on Gaza."

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A group of protesters met in Bedfordshire

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In the video, the group can be heard chanting "2 4 6 7 8 Israel is a terrorist state" and "1 2 3 4 Occupation No More".

They are seen lying down in front of a car letting off a green smoke flare.

A spokesperson for Bedfordshire police said: "We are aware of a protest taking place in Reddings Wood, Ampthill, today (Friday), and are currently at the scene working with organisers and businesses to minimise disruption.

"We respect people’s right to protest in a peaceful and responsible way, and we will continue to work with everyone to ensure public safety."


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A flare was let off by protesters

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Earlier this week, a protester was spotted on top of a building in Deansgate, Central Manchester.

Protesters also laid down in the road in Leicester preventing workers from accessing Elbit System.

In their social media, the group claims to be: "The direct action network dismantling British complicity with Israeli apartheid."

A spokesperson from Lockheed Martin said: "We respect the right to peaceful protest which is conducted within the laws of the land."

"Bedfordshire police are handling the situation and it would be inappropriate for us to make any further comment at this time.”

Earlier today, Reuters reported that aid trucks begun entering the Gaza Strip from Egypt around 90 minutes after a truce began between Israel and Hamas fighters.

Two of the trucks sported banners that said “Together for Humanity.

Another said “For our brothers in Gaza”.

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