Sainsbury’s forced to close due to pro-Palestine demonstration

Some protesters lay down on the floor in protest and security staff were seen pulling down shutters to keep others out

Free Palestine protest in and outside of Sainsbury’s Martineau Place Birmingham city centre

Protesters have closed down a Sainsbury’s supermarket in Birmingham City Centre as part of a pro-Palestine demonstration.

Calling on the retail giant to remove products sourced from Israel, demonstrators gathered outside the Union Street store this afternoon.

Some protesters lay down on the floor in protest and security staff were seen pulling down shutters to keep others out.

Once closed, demonstrators stuck posters up in support of Gaza along the storefront.

They called for an end to the massacre in Gaza and for Israel to stop bombing the highly populated area.

The 26-day-old offensive, launched in response to rockets fired by Hamas from Gaza into Israel, has now killed more than 1,650 Palestinians – mostly civilians – with more than 8,000 wounded, according to local officials. Israel has lost 63 soldiers and three civilians, its highest death toll since the 2006 Lebanon war.

A spokesman for Sainsbury’s said: “On the advice of the police we temporarily closed the store. It was re-opened for customers shortly after and trade was not seriously disrupted.”

Several demonstrations have taken place in the city in recent weeks.

http://www.birminghammail.co.uk/news/midlands-news/sainsburys-birmingham-city-centre-forced-7552980

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