London Stock Exchange Protest Planned By Palestine Action Activists Foiled By Met Police, 6 Arrested (Credits: X/ @SYMeetali)
Six pro-Palestine protesters wanting to disrupt the London Stock Exchange were arrested. Met Police’s action came in the wake of a ploy to protest at the LSE site. The protesters were part of a group known to be Palestine Action. The plan was to target the LSE on Monday morning, the cops revealed.
Among the six protesters taken into the custody included a 31-year-old man, two other men, aged 29 and 27, and three women, with an age number of less than 30 years, 39, 28, and 26 respectively.
The Daily Express newspaper received information that the group planned to inflict damage by “locking on” in an attempt to stop the building from opening for commerce. The arrests were made after the 31-year-old man, who was arrested on Sunday in Liverpool, spilled the beans of conspiracy to cause criminal damage.
Later on Sunday, Scotland Yard shared the information with The Independent about five more arrests without giving out identities of the people nabbed; they were all thought to be involved in the same scheme.
“These are significant arrests. We believe this group was ready to carry out a disruptive and damaging stunt which could have had serious implications had it been carried out successfully. I’m grateful to the Express for their willingness to provide the information gleaned from their own investigation. It was instrumental in helping us intervene successfully,” The Independent quoted Detective Superintendent Sian Thomas as saying.
While accusing Britain of being complicit in the brutal colonisation of Palestine, a spokesperson from the Palestine Action told The Independent: “The London Stock Exchange raise billions of pounds for apartheid Israel and trade shares in weapons manufacturers who arm Israel’s genocide of the Palestinian people.” The organisation added [Our] “direct action campaign will not be deterred.”