Photos from the Thales demo – 8th April


Watch this excellent documentary film of the protest.

Thanks to everyone for making today’s demo such a great success. A magnificent turnout, sending a strong message to Thales that they must end their profiteering from israeli war crimes.

The protest actually started the previous night (Thursday April 7th), with a group of human rights activists demonstrating at the main gate of the Thales site in Crawley, and projecting images and slogans onto the Thales buildings. You can learn more about their protest here.

The main demonstration on the Friday attracted more than 100 activists from across the southeast of England, representing many of the groups that had endorsed the protest during the planning phase. Thanks to you all from Sussex Stop Arming Israel!

The demo was a lively noisy event, with 1000 leaflets distributed to passersby, passing motorists, and shoppers at the retail park opposite. There was a lot of interest and support from the good people of Crawley, most of whom had no idea of Thales’s links with israeli apartheid and israeli war crimes. Thanks to all the motorists that hooted their support!

Many of us worked on collective hands-on banner-making, resulting in our magnificent THALES PROFITS FROM ISRAELI WAR CRIMES banner that you can see in the photos below.

The group was joined by about a dozen cyclists from The Big Ride who had cycled down to Crawley from Redhill in Surrey, arriving on the site with loud chants of ‘Free Free Palestine!’. Thanks and well done!

In a parallel protest on the same day, activists in the West Midlands demonstrated outside Elbit’s UAV Engines factory in Shenstone in Staffordshire. Elbit is israel’s largest private arms manufacturer and works with Thales on the production of drones. In response to the protest, the Shenstone factory closed for the day!

Watch Lee Salter’s excellent documentary film of the protest.

The demo was picked up by the local press, including Crawley News and the Crawley Observer. PressTV picked up the story, and Ruptly TV have uploaded a short video of the demo.

Stop Arming Israel! Stop Thales Profiting from Israeli War Crimes!


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