Company witnesses pull out of case involving five activists accused of blocking access to UAV Engines in Staffordshire

Criminal charges have been dropped against a group of protesters over a demonstration that blocked access to a factory making engines for Israeli military drones after witnesses from the companies involved pulled out of the case.

The five protesters were charged with “use [of] violence to compel activity or abstention from lawful activity” after blocking the entrances to a Staffordshire industrial estate housing UAV Engines, a subsidiary of Israeli arms company Elbit, which makes the drones that fly over the Gaza Strip.

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