An alliance of local people – including members of the FWPSC and CAAT – protested in Canterbury on Saturday 29 November against Barclays Bank’s investment in Elbit Systems, Israel’s largest arms company.
At the same time, other Barclays branches were targeted for passionate but good-humoured creative direct action up and down the country to mark the UN’s International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People.
The protest outside the Canterbury branch of Barclays was joined by members of East Kent Justice for Palestinians, students from the University of Kent and local residents opposed to the UK’s extensive complicity in the arms trade and/or wishing in to express solidarity with Palestinians.
It attracted considerable interest from the public, many of whom were supportive and signed an open letter to Defence Secretary Philip Hammond. The direct link from Barclays in Canterbury to the bombs and drones at the heart of Israel’s recent bombardment of Gaza was visibly highlighted by the protest during this busy day in the city centre.