A global day of action hit multinational drugs giant GlaxoSmithKline on Monday to coincide with the beginning of a court case in South Africa. GSK is just one of the big companies which this week began the court case to try to stop their drugs, or copies of their drugs, being sold cheaply to desperate people in South Africa, many of who are victims of AIDS. Demonstrators protested outside the company’s headquarters in Brentford on Monday morning, and around 70 people joined a protest in Manchester on Monday evening.
The Manchester demonstrators made a giant pill to represent the obscene profits the drug transnationals make every year while people in South Africa die because they are too poor to afford the drugs these companies market.
Karen Reissmann, a nurse and prospective parliamentary candidate for the Socialist Alliance in Blackley, North Manchester, said, ‘There are no lengths these companies will not go to in the chase for profits. It is outrageous the New Labour government is not backing the people of South Africa in their fight for access to affordable healthcare.’
Some 200 passers-by signed a petition demanding the drug companies drop their action against the government of South Africa.
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