Manchester Palestine solidarity activists shut down HSBC and Barclays branches

TWO banks in Manchester city centre shut their doors on Saturday as protesters demonstrated against their involvement in firms supplying Israel. HSBC and Barclays are being targeted for weekly protests by Manchester Palestine Action and Manchester Palestine Solidarity Campaign. HSBC has investment in an Israeli firm whose UK subsidiary supplies parts for military drones.
 
A Manchester Palestine Action spokesman said: “Every Saturday, for the past five weeks, since the start of the great return march in Gaza, we have been out demanding HSBC and all complicit companies end all their investments in Israel’s arms trade.
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