Supermarket invaders protest Gaza conflict

Protesters outside Sainsbury's in Commercial Road, Portsmouth
Protesters outside Sainsbury's in Commercial Road, Portsmouth
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A HANDFUL of pro-Palestine activists held a demonstration inside a Sainsbury’s store urging people to boycott products linked to Israel.

Five people went inside the supermarket in Commercial Road, Portsmouth, at 3.30pm yesterday, and refused to leave.

They carried the banner ‘boycott Israeli products #freepalestine’, sat on the floor by the entrance of the store and handed out leaflets.

It comes as activists nationally have been holding protests in British supermarkets urging them to stop bringing in goods sourced from Israel.

A protester, who called herself Lee Lee from Fratton, said: ‘We came to raise awareness that some products being sold are helping Israel.

‘There’s genocide happening in Gaza – it’s a massacre.

‘Enough is enough, we want Sainsbury’s to do something about it and stop selling products that fund Israeli warfare.’

Hampshire police were called at 5pm. There were no arrests. A Sainsbury’s spokesman said: ‘There was no disruption to trade.’

Protesters want Israel to stop bombing Gaza. More than 1,650 Palestinians have been killed and more than 8,000 wounded since fighting broke out last month. Israel has lost 63 soldiers and three civilians.