This is the shocking moment a pro-Palestine activist let dozens of mice douse in red, green, white and black paint, were let loose in a McDonald’s restaurant in Birmingham, terrifying customers.
Footage shared on social media showed a man holding to fake number plates that read ‘PAIISTN’ and ‘Free Palestine’ as he arrived in his car at the chain’s Star City restaurant yesterday. The man, wearing a Palestinian flag around his head, then opens the boot of his car and grabs the huge box of rodents, before walking into the fast food restaurant and flinging the Palestinian-flag coloured mice on the floor, as two women run away in horror.
The activist can be heard repeatedly shouting ‘Free [Expletive] Palestine’ as walks back to his car, later adding ‘Boycott Israel’ and ‘[Expletive] Israel’ before driving off. At the end of the video, the activist calls on boycott McDonald’s, Starbucks and Disney for allegedly showing support to Israel. McDonald’s confirmed last night ‘a number of mice’ were released inside the restaurant, which has now been ‘fully sanitised’ after the creatures were removed.
At the end of the footage, a block of text on the screen reads: ‘Targetted boycott. The Big Three. Start by boycotting these brands that are directly involved in supporting the Israeli apartheid.’ It called on viewers to stop buying food and drinks from Starbucks and McDonald’s and to boycott Disney’s movies and cancel subscriptions to its streaming platform Disney Plus.
Towards the end of the video, a recording of a phone call is also played as one man can be heard bragging: ‘All the alarms and going off; and that ‘the doors are closed’. A second voice then adds: ‘Successful mission’.
A spokesperson for McDonald’s told MailOnline: ‘We are aware of an incident in our Birmingham Star City restaurant this evening. The restaurant has been fully sanitised and our pest control partners have been called out to conduct a full inspection.’ MailOnline has contacted West Midlands Police for comment.
The video comes days after another pro-Palestine protest was held outside a McDonald’s in Bristol, seeing supporters shout ‘boycott McDonald’s’ after accusing the fast food chain of ‘killing innocent people’.
The video, posted on Wednesday, showed a young woman leading chants in support of ‘Free Palestine’, while around 20 other people join in waving Palestinian flags and holding placards. The woman can be heard shouting ‘Boycott McDonald’s’, before repeating, ‘Shame on McDonalds for funding Israel. Who are killing innocent people’. The protest came after the firm backed giving free meals to Israeli soldiers.
A post on social media said McDonald’s Israel has so far given out 100,000 free meals but the chain has been quick to distance itself from the Israeli military’s actions. Franchise groups in Kuwait, Pakistan and other countries issued statements confirming that they did not share ownership with the Israeli franchise. Others also noted that they had made financial donations to aid those in Gaza. The latest demonstrations are just in a series of rallies held across the UK in support of the people of Palestine. On Saturday more than 100,000 demonstrators arrived in London, with major protests taking place in Glasgow, Belfast and Bath for the third week in a row.
In the capital, the solidarity march turned ugly, after a police officer was hospitalised after being hit on the head with an ‘object’ during a sit-in protest at Waterloo, as fireworks and flares were let off on a statue of David Lloyd George. More than 200 people staged a sit-in on the concourse of the station, chanting ‘ceasefire now’, according to activist group Sisters Uncut. The protesters have been calling for a ceasefire in the Israel-Gaza war. It comes as Suella Braverman ordered a review of terrorism and extremism laws after UK police called for clarity over language used at pro-Palestinian demonstrations.
The Home Office said on Sunday it will consider whether new criminal offences are needed to bridge the gap between countering hate speech and terrorism, the Mail understands. It came after Metropolitan Police chief Sir Mark Rowley renewed his calls for a fresh look at the legal definition of extremism and how police should respond.
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