A blockade of the BAE Systems shipyard in Glasgow has been organized by activists in protest of the company’s connections to Israel.
The demonstration at the entrances to the Govan office of the defense firm was coordinated by a local organization in collaboration with Workers for a Free Palestine.
Additionally, the campaign organization claimed to have obstructed defense facilities in Brighton, Bournemouth, and Lancashire.
Calls to Sever Ties with Israel
BAE Systems stated that “everyone’s right to peaceful protest is respected.”
The activists erected a substantial banner bearing the inscription “Stop Arming Israel” to obstruct one entrance to the BAE facility.
Officers of Police Scotland were in attendance at the protest.
He stated, “Although we can prevent the factory from operating for a day by closing this door. It is the individuals inside who possess the true authority.”
Oli, a protester, stated that the action was not directed at yard workers.
“We are here to hold the managers accountable for deciding to manufacture and sell armaments to Israel,” he continued.
Eaton Mission Systems in Wimborne, close to Bournemouth, hosted the most significant event with approximately 600 participants.
“We hope it can be resolved as soon as possible; we are horrified by the situation in Israel and Gaza and the devastation it is causing to civilians in the region,” a BAE Systems spokesperson said.
“We operate under the strictest regulations and adhere completely to all applicable controls on defence exports, which are continuously evaluated.”
This week, BAE Systems announced 300 additional Glasgow jobs to support warship development.
The manufacturer currently maintains a workforce of over 3,200 individuals at its Govan and Scotstoun facilities in Glasgow.