Last week, Pal Action was on trial. After a two day roof occupation of a weapons manufacturer in Newcastle, where an estimated £69K worth of damage was caused, two people were arrested. Alongside them, another two activists at different locations were arrested for “conspiracy to commit criminal damage”. The two rooftop smashers were granted bail, but Crown Prosecution appealed the decision and one of them was remanded. The two activists away from the site were immediately charged and remanded in prison.
Another three people appeared in court in Chester after dismantling the Runcorn APPH weapons manufacturer in June 2021. One was acquitted, whilst the other two received a 16 and a 27 month prison sentence.
In Wolverhampton Crown Court after a seven week long trial and five days of deliberation, four people were convicted of “possession of articles to cause criminal damage”, having been arrested two years prior whilst travelling towards UAV Engines, an Elbit weapons factory, with items like paint buckets. A fifth person was acquitted in the same trial, and the four convicted will face sentencing in Wolverhampton Crown Court on the 26th of June.
Meanwhile, at the gates of Elbit in Leicester, an activist was arrested during their third week of the siege for simply sitting on the road, then subjected to the cop shop cell for 10 hours before release.
We do not know the mail addresses for those in prison, but we have found a fundraiser to support one of the folks locked up which you can find below: https://www.gofundme.com/f/support-mike-in-prison
This week PalAction is facing even more court cases, so we will keep you informed of results and new prisoner addresses as and when news appear!
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