Anti-Austerity Activists Took to the Streets of London This Weekend
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Anti-Austerity Activists Took to the Streets of London This Weekend

Hundreds of protesters gathered in Central London to demand corporations pay their taxes.
June 1, 2015, 10:00pm

This article originally appeared on VICE UK.

Saturday saw another anti-austerity protest in Central London. This time, it was a stunt by UK Uncut, who created a stir back in 2010 to 2011 by noisily demanding big companies pay the taxes that they're supposed to.

Several hundred people, including a guy with a giant "Didgeridoob" gathered outside Waterloo station, before following a guy with a "UK Uncut" banner to the then-undisclosed venue. People had been told to bring paintbrushes, but apart from a small cabal of organizers, nobody knew what they were going to do with them.


The location turned out to be Westminster Bridge. In the shadow of Big Ben, the assembled activists came to a halt, and someone with a loud speaker instructed them to paint on a banner, which had some letters outlined on it. The letters were filled in with black paint to read, "£12bn more cuts, £120bn tax dodged. AUSTERITY IS A LIE"

People cheered and let off flares. The banner swung there in the wind for a few minutes, before a police officer announced that it would be taken down because there was a risk of damage to the bridge.

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