Protesters storm into factory, cover it in red paint and smash up windows

Protesters have smashed windows at a factory owned by a Israeli military technology company and covered it in red paint.

Palestine Action activists have also blocked Greenacres Road with a caravan and chained themselves to the vehicle, as well as gates at the Ferranti Technologies building.

Campaigners have been there since around 6.30am this morning (Monday August 23).

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The site is owned by Elbit Systems, which produces specialist electrical equipment for military use.

Protestors at Elbit Systems in Oldham
Protesters at Elbit Systems in Oldham
(Image: KBP)

Elbit Systems purchased Ferranti Technologies in 2007 for £15m.

On its website, Ferranti Technologies is described as ‘an electronic engineering and manufacturing company, specialising in supplying the aerospace and defence industry with a wide range of advanced technology for air, land and marine applications’.

In recent months, there have been a number of protests at the building, including a 200-strong event in May.

A spokesman for Palestine Action confirmed that this is the sixth time the Oldham factory has been closed down in the past year.

(Image: KBP)

The group was founded in August 2020 and Elbit sites across the UK have been occupied by protesters three times this month.

A spokesman for Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) said: “Greenacres Road, Oldham. Road is closed in both directions between Heywood Street and Brideoak Street due to a Police incident.

“@FirstManchester diverting via Huddersfield Road.

“Allow an extra time for your journey.”

Greater Manchester Police have been approached for comment.

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