On May 24, the occupation of an arms company factory by activists showed no sign of ending. Six days earlier, Palestine Action Group activists forced their way into Elbit’s company’s drone production facility, which is based in Leicester, in the UK, and brought production to an abrupt halt in what is now the longest action they have ever undertaken. The activists have said they will remain until the weapons factory shuts down in the UK. The Leicester Fire Brigades Union (FBU) expressed its solidarity with the activists and said its members would not participate in efforts to evict them.
The facility belongs to UAV Tactical Systems, a subsidiary of the Israeli weapons manufacturers Elbit Systems and Thales UK, a French firm. Elbit provides surveillance systems and police equipment to Israeli security forces and also supplies electronic detection technology that is part of the West Bank’s apartheid wall.