Protestors support anti-war campaigners at court
Anti-war campaigners came together outside a court where two people were charged with protesting at a factory where drones are made.
Five protestors who campaigned outside the gates of UAV Engines in Shenstone on July 7 were set to appear before Cannock Magistrates Court yesterday, however charges against three were dropped at the last minute.
A group of around 20 Palestine supporting protestors from the Black Country, as well as Manchester, London and France, chanted and held up placards outside the court in support of the group, who were charged with obstructing lawful activity after they protested outside the gates of the factory.
Sam Nuttall, 24, of Mitchell Street, Bury, and Huda Basil Jaser Ammori, 23, of Hadfield Close, Manchester, pleaded not guilty to the charge and will appear at Newcastle Under Lyme Magistrates Court on November 23 for a trial.
Protest organiser John Nicholson, of the Manchester Palestine Solidarity Campaign, said: "We feel vindicated by the fact that charges were dropped against three people.
"To us it feels like there is a political game being played, there were around 30 of us at the protest but yet there are only two people being charged, which is not fair and puts their whole argument that what we were doing was illegal to shame."
The group claims that UAV Engines makes drones which are used during conflict in Israel.
Police were called to Cannock Magistrates as a precaution due to the protest, which passed peacefully.