London Oxford St Topshop Shut in Ukuncut ActionTagged as: arcadia cuts social_struggles solidarity topshop ukuncut vodafone workers_struggles
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Protests at Topshop and other shops owned by tax evaders, Oxford Street, London, Saturday 4th December 2010
When this government let Vodafone get away with not paying a £6bn tax bill earlier this year they sent a very clear message to UK citizens: we are not all in this together. Ordinary people must accept savage public spending cuts, whilst rich corporations can avoid paying billions and billions in tax.
Sir Philip Green - owner of Topshop (and other Arcadia Group stores Burton, Dorothy Perkins, Evans and Miss Selfridge) transfers profits to his wife - tax-resident in Monaco - as dividends. In 2005 alone she received £1.2bn, avoiding paying a penny of that in UK tax. UK Uncut have called for protests in response.
People gathered inside the store shortly before 11am. Security began physically throwing out press or anyone with 'big lenses' whilst a sit down was held, stickers saying "this item is free" were plastered about, and chants rang out
- "Where did all our money go? He sneaked it off to Monaco"
- "If you want to sell your clothes, pay your tax!"
- "We voted Lib Dem, look at what we got from them: Cuts, job losses, money for the bosses"
Soon and the shop was closed down and a line of police formed outside. Plenty of other targets still out there :)
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