Vigil outside drone factory in Shenstone

28 August 2015 - 12:00am
Press release

War on Want today joined a vigil outside UAV Engines in Shenstone which makes engines for drones exported to Israel.

UAV Engines is a subsidiary of Elbit Systems, one of Israel's largest weapons' companies.

The Israeli military uses drones and other weapons manufactured in the UK in attacks on Palestinians, like the assault on Gaza last summer when 2,205 Palestinians were killed.

The vigil follows the 'Block the Factory' protest on 6 July, where 19 people were arrested and charged with breach of an injunction granted by the High Court in advance of the protest.

The injunction established a 'forbidden area' 250 metres around the factory, covering a significant part of the town's public roads and lands. Campaigners’ successfully challenged the injunction in the High Court, reducing 'the forbidden area' to cover only the grounds of the factory.

Today, the 19 people arrested made their first appearance at Burton upon Trent Magistrates Court and pled 'not guilty' to the charge. Protests and vigils took place at the factory in Shenstone and outside the court.

Ryvka Barnard of War on Want said: “We were at UAV Engines in Shenstone today to show solidarity with the 19 people arrested. We will continue to assert our right to protest at factories producing weapons used in human rights abuses and war crimes. It’s time for the UK to Stop Arming Israel.”

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