Published On: Wed, Nov 12th, 2014 on 10:55 am

Bradford McDonald’s protesters: ‘Over 3,000 people have turned away’

Bradford McDonalds Protest

Pro-Palestinian protesters campaigning outside McDonald’s in Bradford have reached a 100-day milestone.

Dozens have been gathering on a daily basis outside the eatery on Thornbury Road to “educate people about companies that support, fund or trade with Israel”.

A spokesperson for the protesters said: “The protest has been held to show our ongoing support and solidarity for the Palestinian people.

“Over 1,200 cars with over 3,000 people have turned away with people choosing to boycott once we have spoken to them. It’s a huge achievement by the fantastic peaceful protesters who have put their personal time and effort in for the Palestinian cause.”

Bradford McDonalds Protest

A spokesperson from McDonald’s said: “We respect the right to protest outside our restaurants, but we ask that this is carried out peacefully and is not disruptive to our customers and employees.

“The safety and security of our customers and employees is our top priority and we will continue to work with the local police and community to ensure that any protests are conducted in a safe and peaceful manner.”

Members of the Police have been present on most days the protests have taken place.

Inspector George Bardell, who leads the Bradford East Area Neighbourhood Team, said they are aware of the protest and are “closely monitoring”.

A letter was given to the protesters last month stating that West Yorkshire Police and the Bradford District Anti-Social Behaviour Partnership had been informed of anti-social behaviour.

The protesters dismissed the claims as “intimidation” and have announced they will continue to gather.

The spokesperson of the protest said: “Crimes committed by Israel haven’t stopped so neither will our campaign. Continuing to educate people about companies that support, fund or trade with Israel is very important. Where the people in power have failed we will not.”

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  1. John says:

    Respect to every one for the peaceful protest take a lot of time & effort to show other this is no joke make the restaurants like McDonald’s suffer. Thks lady’s & gentleman keep it up let make them suffer more police can’t do anything it’s peaceful lmao abt the letter ha ha how they threaten people with scary letter I must say I’ve seen better shame on u West Yorkshire police & others involved with stopping the protests people just remember the 1 word PEACEFUL PROTEST stay as long as u like. Big u bradford bd3

  2. John says:

    Excellent work from the protesters- highlighting war crimes and human rights violations which are so often ignored by our mainstream media and supported by large companies like McDonalds. Keep up the good work!

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