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Glasgow Protesters Blockade BAE Systems Shipyard Over Israel Ties

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Mazhar Abbas
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Glasgow Protesters Blockade BAE Systems Shipyard Over Israel Ties

In a display of solidarity and resistance, protesters in Glasgow have initiated a blockade at the BAE Systems shipyard, voicing their opposition against the company's business associations with Israel. This demonstration, a concerted effort by a local group and Workers for a Free Palestine, is a clarion call for BAE Systems to dismantle its ties with Israel and cease all trading of weapons, defense, and supplies.

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A Stand Against Arms Trade

The protesters, adorned with Palestinian flags, used the power of their collective voice to urge the UK Government to support a durable ceasefire in Gaza. Their message was amplified by a banner blocking an entrance to the BAE site, reading "Stop Arming Israel," an outspoken criticism of BAE Systems' alleged production of components for weapons including the F35 combat aircraft and Mk 38 Mod 2 machine gun system, which are then sold to Israel.

Targeted Accountability, Not Workers

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Among the protesters were individuals from various walks of life, including a youth worker and a visual artist. They emphasized their intention to hold the company's management accountable rather than the workers, underlining the importance of direct action as a catalyst for change. This Glasgow event forms a part of a larger, coordinated effort spanning across the UK targeting three other arms factories.

BAE Systems Responds

In response to the protest, a spokesperson for BAE Systems expressed horror at the situation unfolding in Israel and Gaza and expressed hope for a resolution. They stood firm on the company's adherence to strict regulations and compliance with defense export controls, thereby deflecting the accusations made by the protesters.

As the world watches, this event serves as a testament to the power of collective action and global solidarity in addressing controversial issues tied to war, peace, and the arms industry. It also highlights the tangential ripple effects of the Israel-Gaza conflict, reaching as far as the shipyards of Glasgow.

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