Police Foil Plot to Disrupt London Stock Exchange, Six Palestine Action Members Arrested

Bianca Bridger
Bianca Bridger
Bianca holds a degree in Political Science from the University of Otago, New Zealand. As the Africa Desk Chief for Atlas, her expertise spans conflict, politics, and history. She is also the Editor for The ModernInsurgent and has interests in yoga and meditation.

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The Metropolitan Police have today announced the arrest of six members of pro-Palestinian group ‘Palestine Action’ after a Daily Express tip off revealed the groups plans to disrupt the operations of the London Stock Exchange on Monday. 

An investigation undertaken by the Daily Express uncovered the plot, after a company reporter embedded themselves within the group representing themselves as a prospective member. 

Detective Superintendent Sian Thomas stated the group hoped to prevent the stock exchange from trading, by ‘causing damage and locking in’, despite the fact that the exchange has not had a physical trading floor since 1986. 

Despite the arrests of the members aged between 26 and 31, Palestine Action has claimed that “they are not afraid of losing their liberty.” In an email to Morningstar, the group stated “The London Stock Exchange raise billions of pounds for apartheid Israel and trade shares in weapons manufacturers which arm Israel’s genocide of the Palestinian people. Whilst Britain remains complicit in the brutal colonization of Palestine, our direct action campaign will not be deterred.”

An additional five members of the group, suspected to also be involved in the plot were also arrested on Sunday.