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Glasgow Palestine Action Shut Down Drone Manufacturer!


Glasgow Palestine Action Shut Down Drone Manufacturer

A group of activists from Glasgow Palestine Action network have today shut down Thales UK, the weapons systems manufacturer, in Govan, Glasgow.

The activists climbed onto the factory roof, and blocked the doors, during the early hours of the morning and are planning to remain as long as possible. Activists are blockading both entrances, lying on the ground attached to arm tubes, and are occupying the roof.

The action is in response to the recent Israeli bombardment of Gaza, and the UK economy’s ever growing military industrial cooperation with governments that flout international law. In just over 7 weeks, Israel, armed with weapons supplied by the UK, killed more than 2000 innocent Palestinians.

Thales is being targeted today for their close relationship with Elbit Systems, Israel’s largest military company and the world’s largest drone producer.  In a joint venture, Thales UK is working with Elbit Systems to make the next generation of ‘Watchkeeper’ drones, a contact worth £1 billion.  These drones are based upon the Hermes 450, which was documented killing Palestinian civilians in Gaza in 2008-2009.  The drones are marketed as ‘field tested’ – which means they have proven effective at killing Palestinians.

Fifi O’Hara, one of the roof occupiers, explains: ‘Drones are a key part of Israel’s military arsenal.  By allowing this factory to export drone components and other arms to Israel, the UK government is providing direct support and approval to Israel’s massacres.’

Speaking about Scotland, Latrice Royale said:  ‘The UK government, and by allowing Thales to operate with Elbit systems, have blood on their hands.  Last year alone the UK government had 381 extant arms licences to Israel, worth almost £8 billion. We demand that the Scottish government puts pressure on the UK government to end arms sales to Israel. And also takes active steps towards ending the production of weapons systems in Scotland that are connected to apartheid, colonialism and genocide. Another Scotland is possible!’


St Andrew’s University occupation.

Those students keep on acting up! 🙂

Now its the turn of St Andrew’s students to take action over the attacks by the Israeli Government in Gaza.  See their blog here, and leave them a message of support.

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Victory At Strathclyde University

Stop the Press: Students at Strathclyde win concessions from university administration! Continue reading

Strathclyde Occupation Blog

Strathclyde Occupation

Strathclyde University Occupied

Students In The McCance BuildingStudents at glasgows Strathclyde University have occupied part of the administration building at their university. They demand,amongst other things, that the university disinvest in companies that profit from Israeli aggression and occupation of Palestinian land and that the university funds scholarships for Palestinians who have had their universities destroyed in the horror of December/January.

This is an inspiring move from a student population who have been all too apathetic and self involved in recent years. The students all over the UK who have occupied their places of education deserve our support and our applause for taking a stand.

There will be a demonstration in solidarity with the students outside the occupied building at 11:00 am today.

The full statement from the students is below. Continue reading

From Glasgow To Gaza

Saturday 3rd January 2009, as tanks and troops massed on the border between Israel and the Gaza Strip approximately two thousand people gathered in Glasgow to show their anger at and opposition to the Israeli bombing of the Palestinian people. Continue reading

Emergency demo in Glasgow

Today as people all around the world showed their opposition to the Israeli assault upon the people of Gaza, Israeli tanks rolled across the border into Gaza.

A coalition of different groups have called for people to gather in Glasgow tomorrow, Sunday 4th Jan, outside Borders on Buchanan St at 1p.m.

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An Anarchist Reports From Gaza

The latest series of attacks by the state of Israel upon the Palestinian people in Gaza has sparked outrage and protest around the world. Last Sunday saw a spontaneous demonstration in George Square and we will see another demonstration this Saturday.

The coverage of this most recent state massacre has been abominably reported in the mainstream press with the BBC talking as if there is some kind of balance of power between the Palestinians imprisoned inside the Gaza strip and the Israeli state. Whereas the reality is closer to the story of David and Goliath. Were Goliath armed with fighter jets and tanks.

There will be a demonstration in solidarity with the people of Gaza starting at 12:30 this Saturday leaving from Blythswood Sq.

Below we reprint a message from Ewa Jasiewicz an anarchist currently in the Gaza strip. Continue reading