Westside Action

a motley crew of anarchists and activists from Bristol, Bath and South Wales

Bristol Gaza-M & S Solidarity Action

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Around 30 people took part in a protest regarding Marks & Spencer’s support of the Israeli State late this (saturday) morning.

As the rockets reign down on the Palestinian people, those of us who have been watching in horror and angry of the images and reports of the massacre of (predominantly) the civillian population, decided to take some action.

30 people entered the store and filled their trolleys with food, much of from “Israeli” (read occupied territories) origin. We then went to the check out, but instead of paying a few people started to inform the saturday shoppers loudly about the links between M&S and Israel and the on going bloodshed in Gaza.

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What was supposed to be a relatively peaceful action, was nearly escalted by the aggressive and over zealous security, who had one ofthe ranters in a head lock (and was detained) and threw at least three of the protesters out by their arms and legs. Fortunately, we managed to stay reasonably calm, and the situation wasn’t escalated further.

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Shopping Aisles were closed as it took the combined forces of broadmead security and Avon & Somersets “finest” a while to eject all of the protesters, arresting one.

After this action, many people went on to join the ongoing Raytheon protest at Bristol Business Park. As I write this, one person has just been released from custody at Trinity Road Police Station.

Bristol Free Gaza

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