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Block the Factory protestors ‘lock down’ drone factory in Broadstairs in protest at UK government arms trade

PUBLISHED: 09:37 06 July 2015 | UPDATED: 09:37 06 July 2015

Protestors on the factory roof

Protestors on the factory roof

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One protestor has locked themselves to factory gate by the neck

Protestors in Broadstairs have swarmed a drone factory, taking to the roof, with one campaigner locking himself to the gate.

One of the protestors, from a group called Block the Factory Kent, said: “We are at Instro Precision Ltd on the Pysons Road industrial estate. The company is a manufacturer of lethal unmanned drones. Today is the one year anniversary of an assault on Gaza by the Israeli air force , which killed over 2,200 Palestinians.”

According to protestors, Instro Precision, is a subsidiary of Elbit Systems Ltd - an arms dealer. They claim Elbit supplies 85 per cent of the Israeli military’s drones.

Currently, there are said to be four protestors on the roof of the factory, one chained by the neck to the gate, three inside the compound, and a further 10 outside the gates. The group are expecting numbers to swell, and aim to be on the premises until the end of the working day.

The protestor said: “The aim of today is to remind people that one year after the slaughter of men, women and children from Gaza, the UK government is still complicit with the arms trade.”

There are also protests against Elbit in both Melbourne, Australia, and in Shenstone, Staffordshire taking place simultaneously.

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