Four arrested after 14 hours of protest by Palestine Action activists occupying Wrexham factory roof during drone protest

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Posted: Mon 22 Nov 2021

Updated: Mon 22 Nov

UPDATE: North Wales Police have issued a statement following an all-day protest at Wrexham Industrial Estate. the Solvay factory in the Wrexham industrial estate.”

“Police negotiators were deployed to the scene and attempted to negotiate with the protesters during the day.”

“North Wales Police were joined by the North Wales Fire and Rescue Service and the Wales Ambulance Service, as well as specialist police officers from the region to ensure the incident ended safely around 8.50pm.”

“Four people have been arrested and an investigation into the damage to the Solvay building has been launched.”

Original information below…
Palestine Action activists have occupied the roof of a factory on Wrexham Industrial Estate.

The three men have been on top of the Solvay factory on Abenbury Way since around 7am this morning.

In a post on the Palestine Action website, the group says part of the building has been painted red and is occupying the factory’s roof as a demonstration against the supply of “materials and chemicals” for use with drones.

The group said, "Mission accomplished: staff at Solvay Group's buildings in Wrexham to take down tools and clear the buildings"

The group said: “Mission accomplished: staff at the Solvay Group’s premises in Wrexham were to take down tools and clear the buildings”

Protesters have issued a lengthy statement, detailing why they targeted the factory, as they claim it: “provides materials and adhesives for UAV Tactical Systems Ltd – a subsidiary of Elbit Systems, which supplies 85% of Israel’s drone fleet. In particular, Solvay products are used in the production of the Watchkeeper drone, at the UAV Tactical Systems factory in Leicester.”

A North Wales Police Department spokesman said: “Officers remain at the site of a breakdown at a business on Wrexham Industrial Estate.

“A call received shortly after 7 a.m. this morning reported a group of individuals who had been sighted on the roof of a building.

“This situation continues and officers are trying to talk to the people involved.”

Solvay released a statement saying: “Solvay is always committed to engaging in constructive dialogue with stakeholders, but cannot tolerate a protest group endangering their lives and damaging Solvay’s property and materials.
“Ethics and integrity are deeply embedded in Solvay’s business practices. The Code of Business Integrity is the foundation for how we operate as a Group: Solvay lives and supports all laws and regulations governing the export and import of products, technologies, services and information around the world.

“Solvay Wrexham is part of the global Solvay Composite Materials business. The site produces prepregs (fibers combined with resin) on multiple reinforcements, as well as resin systems for infusion, resin transfer molding systems, adhesives and potting materials for the composite industry. Solvay Wrexham’s products are supplied to many industries, including aerospace, motorsports and high-performance automobiles.

“Solvay is one of the three largest manufacturers of composite materials in the world. Solvay’s high-performance composite materials are durable and lightweight, making them well-suited for a wide variety of applications, both in civil and military aircraft. As part of a complex global supply chain for the aerospace industry, Solvay works primarily with contracting original equipment manufacturers that design, build and sell components and equipment.”

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