Police officers were attacked and stock was thrown around today as Gaza protestors ‘wreaked havoc’ in a Tesco store. Around 100 demonstrators gathered outside the shop in Hodge Hill, Birmingham, before some of them entered the premises. Once inside, they started hurling produce around and ‘getting aggressive’ – leaving both staff and shoppers traumatised.
Photos of the protest show more than 20 police officers trying to control demonstrators, while Tesco products are seen strewn across the floor. West Midlands Police said one person was later arrested for assaulting its officers, while a further two had to be escorted from the premises.
Today, Tesco customers took to social media to share their experiences of the protest against the Gaza conflict, which resulted in nearby roads being cordoned off by police. One told Birminghamupdates.com: ‘I was just in the Tesco in Hodge Hill, scanning my items and I heard chanting. ‘Then a group of Asian men holding Palestinian flags came walking in and starting to push products over and getting aggressive with staff and shoppers. ‘Police officers tried to stop them but I ran out.’
The protestors, many of whom were waving flags and placards, were calling on Tesco to stop all trade with Israeli agricultural companies. This evening, Twitter users condemned the demonstrators’ actions, which many deemed ‘wrong’ and ‘idiotic’.
User Abe Sanoe wrote: ‘Right to protest is one thing, but vandalism is dead wrong’, while Mehr Ali said: ‘How is this going to help Gaza. Idiots.’
Pavandeep Padda tweeted: ‘HOW does boycotting a Tesco Supermarket… help the situation in Gaza? Like seriously?’
Meanwhile, Elizabeth Conlon said: ‘Peaceful protest? I think not. Disgusting!’
Rania Atalla added: ‘This makes no sense.’
A spokesman for West Midlands Police said “our officers dealt with a protest at Tesco Hodge Hill where some disorder was reported, one person was arrested for assaulting police”
|‘The protest was largely peaceful among the 100 protesters but some began throwing stock inside Tesco store. Two escorted from premises.’|
A spokesman for Tesco said the demonstration resulted in ‘minimal damage’ to goods. He added that the store was closed for ‘just a few minutes’ before it was reopened.
Whilst Islamic militants are slaughtering thousands of Yazidis and Christians (in the name of Islam) these cretins are having a tantrum in a Tesco store because Tesco have the temerity to stock Israeli produce. Not a word about what the “religion of peace” is doing in the middle east, nothing about the genocide against those who will “not convert to Islam”……………are we seriously supposed to believe that Islam respects the idea of freedom to practice your own religion and of worship?