Six people charged after rooftop protest at Israeli-owned drone parts factory

Six people have been charged with legal harm after a rooftop protest at a factory which pro-Palestinian activists have claimed provides engines for Israeli army drones.

A handful of protesters from the group Palestine Action obtained on to the UAV Engines website in Shenstone close to Lichfield, Staffordshire, within the early hours of Tuesday, the organisation mentioned.

Red paint was daubed throughout the entrance of the constructing and home windows smashed with hammers, in what protesters claimed was the fourth such protest at the plant since September.

Protesters on the UAV Engines’ plant roof (Vladimir Morozov/Palestine Action/PA)

Staffordshire Police mentioned the six people charged with legal harm have been: Nicholas Georges, 69, of Hornhatch close to Guildford, Surrey; Vienna Lstadt, 37, of The Avenue, West Ealing, west London; Nic Aaron, 31, of Linley Road, north London; Ruby Baker, 28, of Belmont Street, Bristol; Dexter Herd, 28, of Redland Road, Bristol; Michael Sackur, 23, of Mount Avenue, west London.

They are resulting from seem earlier than magistrates on Thursday.

The plant, owned by Israeli agency Elbit Systems UK, has been repeatedly focused by activists who declare the factory is concerned within the provide of parts for drones utilized by the Israeli army in opposition to Palestinians.

In a press release following its newest “direct motion”, Palestine Action mentioned the group, fashioned in August, wouldn’t relaxation till Elbit’s “chain of weapons factories are hounded out of the UK”.

The protest comes after the Ministry of Defence confirmed final month that Elbit had received a £102 million contract for a brand new “sensor-to-shooter” surveillance system, which feeds real-time battlefield focusing on data to infantry, plane and artillery.

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