Edinburgh activists spray red paint over factory and 'sabotage internet'

The factory was targeted on Tuesday morning
-Credit: (Image: Palestine Action Scotland)


An Edinburgh factory was targeted by activists on Tuesday morning.

The group allegedly visited the Leonardo factory on Crewe Road North and sprayed red paint over fighter jet model displays. They also claim to have "sabotaged the internet cables".

Palestine Action Scotland have claimed to have acted due to Leonardo "continuing to arm the Israeli military with weapons".

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A spokesperson for Palestine Action Scotland said: "Activists from Palestine Action Scotland sabotaged the internet cables of Edinburgh's Leonardo factory and sprayed red paint over their fighter jet model displays.

"In the early hours of Tuesday 28th May, a group opened the box of cables, cut the internet wires, sprayed expanding foam inside the box and spray painted 'Stop Arming Israel' on the lid. At the front of the factory, others sprayed the fighter jet display with paint to symbolise the company's role in spilling Palestinian blood."

On their site, Leonardo say: "Leonardo's Edinburgh site employs approximately 1,800 employees who specialise in the provision of multi-role surveillance radars and countermeasure systems.

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"Originally built in 1943, the site has a rich heritage of innovation, and today it produces world-leading technology, including lasers for the US Army's Apache helicopter, CAPTOR radar for the Typhoon, the Osprey radar for Norway's all-weather search and rescue helicopters (NAWSARH), the Seaspray Radar for the US Coast Guard, and the Raven radar for Saab's Gripen Fighter aircraft."

In January, a huge police presence descended on the Leonardo facility as the Palestine Action Scotland group staged a protest. Some members even made it onto the roof of the building.

Three individuals were arrested in connection with the protest.

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At the time, a Police Scotland spokesperson said: “Police were called to a report of a protest at a building on Crewe Road North in Edinburgh around 7.50am on Thursday, January, 19 2023.

“Damage was caused to the building. Two men, aged 28 and 22, and a 28-year-old woman, have been arrested in connection with the incident and enquiries are ongoing.”

Police Scotland and Leonardo have been approached for comment.