About 40 protestors toured Leeds centre, stopping at Disney Store, GAP, McDonalds, JJB Sports (Nike stockist). Thousands of flyers explaining the issues were given out to the public. Most members of the public were receptive – already being concerned about the impact of capitalism of theirs and others lives and on the environment. Those who could joined the protest for a time, and more expressed their support. After the reporting in the run-up to Mayday, many members of the public were interested to hear what the protests are really about.
Despite an over-heavy police presence, including a riot van and video evidence gatherers, the protest passed off peacefully with no incidents or arrests. From our point of view, the protest was a success in informing the public in Leeds about the effects of multinationals unethical behaviour and Capitalism on the world, and reminding those multinationals that we know what they’re up to.