Militants have targeted a factory in Glasgow belonging to one of the world’s leading arms suppliers, saying it uses drones to monitor people in Palestine.

Members of the Palestine Action Scotland (PAS) campaign group scaled the roof of the Thales factory in Govan around 5.20am on Monday morning.


Protesters took to the roof of the business in Govan this morning

They were photographed waving the Palestinian flag and carrying hammers.

Staff members on site had to be evacuated and operations temporarily suspended as militants descended on the building and caused damage, the group said.

In a tweet, PAS described Thales as having a “lethal weapons factory” which has “a vital link in Israel’s military supply chain”, adding: “this time we are destroying it”.

Protesters had already made their way onto the roof in June this year, destroying plant equipment.

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Police Scotland said officers were still at the scene as the protest continued.

Activists protested Thales’s weapons productions, which include military drones and armored vehicles, but focused on the company’s involvement in the Watchkeeper drone program.

The drone, believed to have been made in collaboration with Israeli company Elbit Systems, has been used in Iraq, Afghanistan and Palestine, as well as in British waters, the group claims.

A PSA spokesperson said: “Those in Gaza will often talk about how the drone’s constant presence, including its persistent hum, induces anxiety and fear, and adds to the constant state of trauma. in which Gaza lives.

“Stories like these have spurred campaigners to ensure the root of misery – the UK arms industry, is hit with direct action.”

Police Scotland said officers had been called to report a protest at the compound of a business premises on Linthouse Road, Govan, and the incident was continuing.

A spokesman for the force added: ‘Police Scotland is a rights-based organization which places our values ​​of integrity, fairness, respect and a commitment to defending human rights at the heart of everything. what we do.

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“We have a duty under the European Convention on Human Rights to protect the rights of people who wish to peacefully demonstrate or counter-protest against the rights of the wider community.”

Thales UK has been approached for comment.

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