Sunday, 17 August 2014

Free Gaza protest shuts Tesco store in Birmingham, UK


Police arrested a man during a Free Gaza protest in Birmingham on Saturday when a group of men waving Palestinian flags burst into a Tesco store and threw produce on the ground.

The Hodge Hill Tesco branch was forced to close for a few minutes. Pictures on social media sites showed cans of Coke, fruit and other produce strewn across the floor by the checkout area.

West Midlands police tweeted: "Our officers dealt with a protest at Tesco, Hodge Hill this morning where some disorder was reported. One arrested for assaulting police."

A follow-up tweet added: "Protest was largely peaceful among the 100 protesters but some began throwing stock inside Tesco store. Two escorted from premises."

A spokesman for Tesco said: "The demonstration took place mainly outside the store. There was some minimal damage to a few goods inside – police were on the scene and the store reopened after being closed for just a few minutes."

The West Midlands Palestine Solidarity Campaign blamed the police for the trouble, tweeting: "Yesterday's brutal, disproportionate attack by @wmpolice at @tesco Hodge Hill shows who they really serve and protect #FreeGaza." more

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