Rally organisers apologise after blockade closes Tesco store in Halifax

The Tesco store at King Cross
The Tesco store at King Cross

Police were called to the King Cross branch of Tesco yesterday afternoon, following reports of a disturbance after a Pro-Palestine rally at the store.

Throughout the afternoon hundreds of Halifax Boycott and Halifax Friends of Palestine supporters, including Labour MP for Halifax Linda Riordan, gathered on Haugh Shaw Road to raise awareness about Israeli produce sold throughout Tesco stores.

As the rally came to an end, a group of 20 youths unrelated to the main protest entered the store and upon leaving, formed a blockade outside the entrance.

Inspector Darren Wainwright, of the Calderdale District Police, said: “The store was closed for a short time while officers dealt with the situation.

“We are now reviewing footage to help identify the individuals involved and any offences committed.

“Our enquires remain ongoing.”

Founder member and chair of the Friends of Palestine group, Councillor Jenny Lynn, said: “A group of lads, who were not part of the protest, took it upon themselves to sit outside the store after the rally had ended.

“I think probably passions were running high, on one hand the protest was a success and we were pleased that a lot of people came out but we were disappointed that at the end, the lads succeeded in closing the store.

“We don’t want it to detract from the message and a couple of our organisers did go into the store to apologise for it having to close.”