The group then moved on to Topshop, highlighting the massive tax-dodging antics of owner Philip Green. Green, owner of the Arcadia group (who own most of the shops you will see on an average highstreet) uses his wifes offshore bank account to avoid paying hundreds of millions in tax, depite being one of the wealthiest businessmen in the country.
Hundreds of leaflets were distributed to the public, who were overwhelmingly supportive of the demo and disgusted to learn that the rich are getting richer by cheating the taxpayer while the rest of us suffer in this recession.
At both Lloyds and Topshop, activists entered the buildings, making a bit of noise, leafletting and chatting to customers. In Topshop, a prominent window display was briefly occupied, with anti tax-dodger banners and red and black flags unfurled. All in all another good day out for Swindon Anarchists and hopefully, as part of the national day of action, a pain in the arse for rich, tax dodging scum like Mr Green.
Swindon Anarchists are a growing network of class-struggle anarchists in Swindon and Wiltshire. So far, we have organised and taken part in mostly anti-cuts actions, but our remit includes environmental issues, anti-fascism, workers rights and other progressive issues.
To get involved, drop us an email at email@example.com
We'd also like to give a massive shout out to our comrades in Bristol Anarchist Federation who have always been willing to provide the resources and help we've needed to set up the Swindon Anarchists group. Check out what they get up to at bristolaf.wordpress.com
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