These are some pictures (taken on a mobile, hence not great) of the London Oxford Street flagship shop protest I took as I walked past at around 2pm. There were about 20 people there although I assume that larger numbers had been there earlier and may be there later. The demonstrators told me that they had been there since 11.30am and the shop had closed earlier in anticipation of them. They planned to stay there in some form all day long to make sure it stays shut. The demonstrators had a megaphone they were not allowed to use (probably more to do with Westminster Council than the police). The police had also parked their van so that people across the street could not see that there was a protest taking place on the other side.
Rain, shine and cold - well done to everyone who took part in this action :-) Closing three Vodafone shops on a busy shopping Saturday on Oxford Street in the run up to Christmas will no doubt help them to keep their tax bills down next year too, let alone the protests in other parts of the country :-)
To people who are confused about the difference between corporate taxes and income tax, please note there is a huge difference and corporations are "legal" and not "natural" persons like you and I in any case. Loss of money and reputation, as today, is where it really hurts them. They won't be losing their housing or child benefits... and Vodafone aren't the only ones getting away with not paying their taxes. Is this just the tip of the iceberg?
Just a note to the organisers - in future, it might be nice to have a small flyer to hand out to the public - they might read it later and might not be aware ... but a great action anyway. Thanks.
In solidarity, A+