Pro-Palestinian activists acquitted after six-day protest at Leicester drone factory

Palestine Action protestors occupy the roof of UAV Tactical Systems in the Meridian Business Park in Braunstone Town, Leicester, on May 20, 2021.
-Credit: (Image: Leicester Mercury / Chris Gordon)


Two pro-Palestinian activists have been acquitted of criminal damage after protesting at a Leicestershire factory. At Leicester Crown Court today (Friday, May 24), the men were found not guilty by a jury following protests at the Braunstone-based drone manufacturer UAV Tactical Systems Ltd (U-TacS).

Joseph Irving (20), of Ambrose Street, York, and Ferhat Ulusu (43), of Gifford Street, London, took part in a six-day protest that began on Wednesday, May 19, 2021. Members of the pro-Palestinian activist group Palestine Action donned red overalls and occupied the roof of the factory, which is a subsidiary of Elbit Systems UK, and sprayed red paint across the sides of the building.

Tape was also stuck across the roof spelling out ‘war crime scene’. Emergency services attempted to intervene while the men were on the roof.

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The protest action came against a backdrop of escalating violence in the Middle East, including Israeli air-strikes on Gaza and rocket attacks from Palestinian militants into Israel, in 2021.

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