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Tax dodgers: make firms pay up

Issue No. 2232

Protesters will take to the streets across Britain this Saturday 18 December to step up the pressure on companies that have used legal scams to avoid paying billions of pounds in tax.

This is the latest in a series of actions targeting companies such as Vodafone, Topshop and Boots.

Their legal tax dodging shows that the money’s there to pay for jobs and services that are threatened by government cuts.


The UK Uncut group has called many of the protests and other campaigns, including Right to Work, have taken up the cry.

Demonstrations forced shops to close across Britain last Saturday. In Manchester, around 100 demonstrators shut down four shops—two Vodafones, a Topshop and Topman.

People chanted, “Vodafone shame on you, we pay taxes why don’t you?”

The police response was heavy—they kettled a group of demonstrators for around an hour.

But this has not deterred campaigners and they will be back this Saturday.

Activists in Southampton, Sheffield, London, Glasgow, Dundee, Belfast, Grantham, Swansea, Brighton and Middlesbrough—to name just a few—will also hold protests.

The scale of the anger shows the huge support for action against the rich.

Everyone should go along to their local protest this Saturday—and if there isn’t one, set one up.

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Tue 14 Dec 2010, 17:30 GMT
Issue No. 2232
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