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Gaza protesters storm Tesco store with Palestinian flags in call to stop trading with Israeli agricultural companies

By Heather Saul

Police officers were allegedly assaulted and stock was thrown around a Tesco store by Gaza protesters calling on the supermarket to stop trading with Israeli agricultural companies.

About 100 demonstrators gathered outside a branch of the store in Hodge Hill, Birmingham, on Saturday, before entering the shop. Once inside, they reportedly threw goods around the store.

Pictures on social media showed items and smashed cans of drinks strewn across the shop floor. One witness described seeing demonstrators carrying Palestinian flags while chanting and behaving “aggressively” to people inside the store, Birmingham Updates reported.

West Midlands Police said one person was arrested for assaulting its officers during the protest and another two were escorted off the premises.

A spokesperson for the force said: “Our officers dealt with a protest at Tesco, Hodge Hill this afternoon where some disorder was reported. One arrested for assaulting police. The protest was largely peaceful among the 100 protesters but some began throwing stock inside Tesco store. Two [were] escorted from [the] premises.”

A Tesco spokesperson said there was some “minimal damage” to a few goods inside the shop and the store re-opened within a few minutes.

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