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.

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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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