A mass leafleting action took place at midday today, outside the McDonalds in Leicester Square. Today is worldwide Anti-McDonald's Day. The event was a celebration of 20 years of resistance to McDonalds and solidarity with all exploited workers and customers, brainwashed children and their harrassed parents!
Activists arrived and unfurled banners highlighting the explotation by McDonalds, and the 'McSlurry' that is marketed to us and in fairly considerable numbers proceeded to hand out leaflets urging people not to eat McDonalds. The leaflets informed passersby of the involvement of burger chains in the deforestation of the Amazonian rainforest, the low pay and poor conditions under which McDonald's employees work, the suffering of farm animals, and also the previous court cases that McDonalds has faced over the abuse of child labour and a dishonest advertising campaign which tried to promote their food as healthy!
Much to the bemusement of tourists and Londoners the crowd that by now had gathered outside McDonalds broke into a bit of a dance to chants of 'No McDonalds, No Exploitation!' and then started an inpromptu conga.
Unusally for events in London, there was fairly low key policing with only 3 van fulls of police there to keep an eye on events. They must have been kept busy elsewhere!
For more details on the campaign against McDonalds see www.mcspotlight.org