Protesters shut down Vodafone stores across the country


Groups of protesters took part in a co-ordinated day of action against mobile phone company Vodafone. Protesters targeted Vodafone after the Government allowed it not to pay tax when it acquired German engineering company Mannesmann for €180bn.

The countrywide action followed after a small group forced Vodafone’s flagship store on Oxford Street to close on Wednesday.

Photos: Protesters shut down Vodafone stores across the country

Protesters close Vodafone’s flagship store

A protester holds up a sign outside Vodafone's closed Oxford Street store calling the company tax dodgers
A small group of around 40 protesters shut down Vodafone’s flagship store on Oxford Street after they blocked the entrance within ten minutes of the store opening.

Organisers of the protest told people to gather outside the Ritz hotel and to follow a person with an orange umbrella who would lead them to the unannounced target.

The protest came after Private Eye magazine revealed last month that Vodafone had avoided paying tax when it acquired German engineering company Mannesmann for €180bn. Last week Chancellor George Osborne announced £7bn of welfare cuts, whilst Private Eye put the loss of tax from Vodafone at £6bn.

Photos: Protesters close Vodafone’s flagship store

Firefighters walkout over threat of mass sackings

FBU General Secretary Matt Wrack talks to members on the picket line outside Euston fire station
London Fire Brigade firefighters took part in an 8 hour walkout after all 5,600 firefighters in London were told to sign a new contract or they would be sacked.

Some Tube workers also refused to work during the strike as there was not adequate fire protection cover on the Underground. Only 27 of 169 appliances were in service during the walkout and FBU General Secretary Matt Wrack said the private contractors who were employed to operate them, crashed two.

Photos: Firefighters walkout over threat of mass sackings

Climate change protesters blockade oil refinery

Masked climate change protesters surround a bamboo tripod with their arms in cardboard tubes to prevent police from removing themAround 400 climate change protesters converged from all over London to travel to Stanford-le-hope in Essex to blockade Coryton oil refinery. The plan was not fully revealed to protesters until they were on the train to Essex, when organisers distributed leaflets with a map of the area and an explanation of the plan.

Organisers also distributed ‘goody bags’ on the train which included a mask, disposable boiler suit and equipment to make a cardboard lock-on tube. Once in Stanford-le-hope protesters spilt into groups and made their way towards the oil refinery through fields. Along the way protesters had left more equipment that could be used to blockade the road.

The blockade lasted 4 hours and protesters claimed they stopped thousands of gallons of oil being delivered.

Photos: Climate change protesters blockade oil refinery

Police make mass arrests at arms protest


Police made mass arrests at the end of a protest in Brighton against arms manufacturer EDO MBM. Around a hundred, mostly local, activists from the Smash EDO campaign attempted to evade police throughout the day to get near the arms factory.

Police mass arrested over 35 protesters, including a legal observer, who had been kettled on Lewes road for a breach of the peace. Sussex police said ‘many would be released without charge as a breach of the peace was prevented’.

EDO MBM manufacture the release mechanism for bombs on F-16 & F-18 fighter planes used by the Israeli Defence Force.

Photos: Police make mass arrests at arms protest

EDL protest in Leicester

An English Defence League protester is treated for a head injury by a police medic. He said he was hit by a police shield.

Police estimated that around a thousand English Defence League protesters gathered in Leicester. Violence broke out sporadically throughout the day as protesters tried to push through police lines. Bricks, bottles, cans, fireworks and smoke grenades were all thrown at police by the EDL.

Photos: EDL protest in Leicester

Workers march against Coalition cuts

Several thousand people take part in a march outside the Conservative party conference in Birmingham organised by the Right to Work campaign.

The march was made up of mainly trade unionists, with banners coming from all over the country. The unions represent many of the public sector workers who fear they could lose their jobs if the Conservatives agenda for cuts goes though.

Photos: Workers march against Coalition cuts

Thousands march against the Pope

Thousands of people joined a march and rally through central London against the Pope’s state visit to the UK. It is the first time a Pope has been invited to a state visit in the UK. His visit has been controversial because of his involvement before becoming Pope in the cover up of child abuse in the Catholic church.

Photos: Thousands march against the Pope