Liverpool Solidarity Federation members participate in a UK Uncut (Liverpool) action this afternoon. We managed to directly and in-directly close seven stores.
A group of between forty and fifty activists got together at 13.00, before heading down to a branch of HSBC. Very quickly, security staff had cleared customers out and closed the bank. This was closely followed by the arrival of several PCSO’s, two police cars, and a mobile CCTV unit.
We stayed outside HSBC for around an hour. Several speakers took the megaphone, and spoke to a fairly large group of passing shoppers. Apart from the odd person, most passers-by were receptive to what was being said, with many clapping and cheering, and some even deciding to stay and participate.
We then moved en-masse to Top Shop, which was packed full of Saturday shoppers. The police followed and assisted security staff in clearing the store, and preventing anyone else from entering. After an hour, protestors left the store to a standing ovation from the large crowd that had gathered.
At this point it was clear that other stores on the mains hopping street had taken steps to avoid a similar situation occurring again. Vodaphone had shut up shop, as had Dorothy Perkins and Burton. Several other shops had several security staff controlling entry to their premises.
We then moved into the Liverpool One shopping centre, and headed towards another Vodaphone store and a branch of Nat-West. As soon as we arrived, both shops were quickly closed by security staff.
All things considered it was a productive afternoon. We managed to directly or in-directly close down, a branch of HSBC, and branch of Nat-West, two Vodaphone stores, a Top Shop store, a Dorothy Perkins, and branch of Burton.
It was also successful in regards to highlighting the issues of tax evasion and engaging with the public, and recruiting several shoppers to participate in the action.
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