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Pro-Palestine protester smears weapons firm’s London HQ in red paint and writes ‘Free Gaza’ on the walls as police arrest man on suspicion of criminal damage


Members of a pro-Palestinian group this morning targeted the Foreign Office and a British weapons firm in central London and spray-painted messages calling for an end to the conflict with Israel in red paint as police arrested a man on suspicion of criminal damage.

Video footage shared by Palestine Action, a group which describes itself as ‘the direct action network dismantling British complicity with Israeli apartheid’ claimed responsibility and showed a protester wearing high vis spraying red paint onto aerospace firm Leonardo’s HQ.

A man could be heard chanting: ‘Stop the arms trade, end the struggle, free, free Palestine.’ 

The building’s doors had been daubed in red paint, as had much of the ground in front of them. Messages scrawled on the building front included ‘free Palestine’ and ‘terrorists’.

The activists targeted the firm, which is one of the Ministry of Defence’s biggest suppliers of defence and security equipment, saying it had supplied Israel’s fighter jets.

Two police officers detain a pro-Palestine protester outside Leonardo HQ on Thursday

Two police officers detain a pro-Palestine protester outside Leonardo HQ on Thursday

Security guards monitor the entrance to Leonardo after protesters targeted it with red paint

Security guards monitor the entrance to Leonardo after protesters targeted it with red paint

After one arrest was made by police officers, a second activist remained on the roof of Leonardo HQ

After one arrest was made by police officers, a second activist remained on the roof of Leonardo HQ

The writing on the walls of the building accused the company of being 'baby killers'

The writing on the walls of the building accused the company of being ‘baby killers’

Activists also targeted the Foreign Office, daubing red paint across the building’s entrance and writing ‘blood’.

A post on X, formerly Twitter, from the group said: ‘Actionists spray the Foreign Office in London, 106 years after Britain signed away the land of Palestine to the zionist colonial project. 

‘Since then, Britain continues to arm apartheid Israel’s ethnic cleansing of the Palestinian people. BRITAIN IS GUILTY!’

A spokesperson for the Met Police said: ‘A man is in police custody after he was arrested by officers on suspicion of criminal damage following a protest in Eagle Place, Piccadilly. 

‘Messages about the conflict between Israel and Hamas have been painted onto the building in red paint, which has also been thrown at the front of the premises. 

‘One other person is currently on the canopy above the entrance to the building. 

‘Officers are dealing with this man and once he is down safely will seek to arrest him for any offences.’

A photograph shared by the force showed a person with their face covered standing on top of the entrance to the building. The slogan ‘free Gaza’ had been written behind them.

In a post on social media, Palestine Action said: ‘Palestine Action occupy and spray weapons firm Leonardo’s London HQ, suppliers of weaponry for Israel’s fighter jets. 

‘106 years ago today, Britain signed away the land of Palestine. It’s now up to the people to end the ongoing complicity in genocide!’

This is a breaking news story and is being updated. 





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