A Tesco store was trashed and police who responded to the attack were assaulted when pro-Palestinian protesters went to the supermarket to make their feelings known.
Approximately one hundred demonstrators had gathered outside the supermarket and demanded that the retail giant cease trade with Israeli agricultural companies and instead show support for Gaza. Brandishing Palestinian flags, several protesters entered the Tesco in Hodge Hill in Birmingham and shouted at staff and customers.
They began hurling stock to the floor and the police were called. During the confrontation, police officers were attacked, an arrest was made and the rest of the protesters were escorted from the premises.
Witnesses took to social media to report what they had seen: “I was just in the Tesco in Hodge Hill, scanning my items and I heard chanting. Then a group of Asian men holding Palestinian flags came walking in and starting to push products over and getting aggressive with staff and shoppers. Police officers tried to stop them but I ran out.”
A spokesman for West Midlands Police reported: “Our officers dealt with a protest at Tesco Hodge Hill this morning 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 escorted from premises.”
A statement issued by Tesco reads: “The demonstration took place mainly outside the store. There was some minimal damage to a few goods inside – police were on the scene and the store reopened after being closed for just a few minutes.”