Protesters from Palestine ascend a factory roof and vow to stay for as long as they can.


Protesters from Palestine ascend a factory roof and vow to stay for as long as they can.

After “storming” a Runcorn factory this morning, protesters have promised to stay “as long as possible” on the roof.

At 4.30 a.m. this morning, Palestine Action told ECHO activists scaled the Heroux Devtek landing gear repair and manufacture factory on Pembroke Court in the Manor Park industrial area.

After infiltrating the facility, protesters poured red ink and paint on the walls, as well as breaking security cameras and a skylight, according to Huda Ammori, the group’s cofounder.

She claimed that red paint was sprayed with a repurposed fire extinguisher.

With a tent, the gang appeared to be gearing up for a lengthy journey.

After six days of protesting at a drone factory managed by a separate firm in Leicester, Palestine Action called it a day.

On the roof, other demonstrators wearing red overalls smiled and made peace signals. This morning, the ECHO was called to the scene in Runcorn.

They also played music for a short time, including Public Enemy’s hip-hop ensemble.

Parts of the higher external walls had been sprayed with ink or paint.

Protesters said the “direct action” was taking place at APPH, a Heroux Devtek subsidiary.

The facility was plainly labeled as Heroux Devtek.

A police cordon had been erected around the scene, and firefighters were also present.

Workers had been displaced from the site and were waiting outside the barrier.

They referred press queries to their head office in Canada.

Palestine Action claims the company manufactures parts such as landing gear to supply to a drones manufacturer for unmanned vehicles used by Israel in Palestinian territory.

Heroux Devtek has not commented on the claims and directed queries to its head office in Quebec.

Its website advertises the Runcorn facility as a “centre of excellence” for manufacturing, repair and overhaul services to “the major players in the landing gear industry”.

The protest has prompted mixed reaction.

Bill Lamb, director of TALL Security Print, which occupies a neighbouring plant, said the protest had caused “chaos” and “disruption” including blocked deliveries and delays to “time-critical products”.

Mike Amesbury, Labour MP for Weaver. Summary ends.


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