Protestors invade Manston airport control tower in campaign

By   October 24, 2015


Activists have stormed an airport site and taken over the control tower to protest against the proposed expansion of an arms company.

Peace campaigners are occupying the top floor of the Second World War tower at Manston airport to rally against a planning application submitted by Instro Precision.

The group invaded the building – which is rented by the firm – at 11am today, and draped banners highlighting their opposition to the plans.

It comes as Thanet councillors prepare to vote on the bid at a planning committee meeting this evening.

Campaigners say Instro Precision is owned by Israel’s largest arms company, Elbit Systems, which supplies arms to Saudi Arabia and Turkey – both known to have provided support to ISIS.

Instro’s facilities at its main site in nearby Broadstairs were occupied and shut down on two separate occasions in February and July this year, when activists highlighted Elbit’s role in supplying Israeli forces with the kind of drones used to massacre Gazans in 2014.

Bob Foy, from Block the Factory Kent, said: “Activists have occupied the top floor of the control tower today because it is rented by Instro Precision, whose parent company not only makes drones used by Israel to oppress Palestinians, but it also sells to the regimes in Turkey and Saudi Arabia, both known to have supported ISIS either financially or militarily.

Cross-post from Kent Online.

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