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Protest in UK’s Leicester demands closure of Israeli-owned arms factory following Gaza attacks

Photo: PP Jaseem/Maktoob

Hundreds of protesters gathered in Leicester, UK, to demonstrate against Israel’s recent attack on the Gaza Strip on 7 April.

The demonstrators called for the closure of the UAV Tactical Systems Ltd, an arms manufacturing factory in Leicester that is a subsidiary of Israeli-owned Elbit Systems.

The protest comes after the Israeli forces fired stun grenades and rubber bullets at worshippers praying at Al-Aqsa in the holy month of Ramadan and Israeli bombardment in the Gaza Strip.

The protesters accused Israel of being the youngest colonial settler state in the world and expressed solidarity with the people of Gaza who are facing Israeli aggression.

One protester said to Maktoob, “What is happening in Israel is not a natural catastrophe; it is a man-made catastrophe.”

The demonstrators chanted, “Free free Palestine, Israel is a terror state.”

The Muslim Association of Britain also registered a protest in front of the Israeli embassy in London, where hundreds of people gathered in anger.

“The UK abdicating its legal duties, undermining the rule of law internationally, and blocking efforts to protect Palestinians and uphold their rights has emboldened Israeli aggression,” read a tweet by the MAB.

P P Jaseem
P P Jaseem
PP Jaseem is a freelance journalist covering law, human rights, and Indian minorities.
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