It Begins … nearly. Brighton9 Trial Starts Tomorrow

Starting tomorrow – and continuing for the next two weeks – nine Brighton Uncut activists will start the day with a coffee and a frisking at Brighton Magistrates Court.

The whole affair just reeks of public interest.

Top Shop claim a mannequin got damaged and the police and the CPS have fallen over each other to ensure the heinous act of super-gluing yourself to a window is allocated court time which truly reflects the severity of the crime.

You’d imagine that paying for two weeks of court staff, prosecution and defense barristers and solicitor’s aids is going to be slightly more costly than the £3,700 Top Shop claim they paid for fixing their broken mannequin.

Well that’s not really fair… the mannequin wasn’t fixed but replaced. In fact they all were… you can’t have mannequins that don’t match! This is a global brand for goodness sakes…

So. The £1bn Arcadia group say the action caused £4k of damage and the CPS decide it’ll take two weeks to decide how best to punish those involved. Awesome use of public money and court time.

But then that is at the heart of what the protest was about. The extent to which our whole society revolves around large corporations and their interests, to the exclusion of all other considerations. Corporate profits must be propped up with bailouts and tax loopholes however badly they screw up and however many ordinary people must suffer.

Because despite the fact massive corporations have only really come to dominate our society over the last 150 years, no one seems now able to imagine a world without them. We should let them fail and move on, to a world centred around real people not fictional entities.

Not that we should see this as a new phenomenon. Plenty of previous civilizations suffered from similar psychological problems in their twilight years, though the “gods” they sacrificed to tended to be more traditional in nature.

This trial is certainly going to be entertaining. Even the big man has taken note – Green gave us a mention in yesterday’s Telegraph.

You’ll be able to follow all the court proceedings here. The blog will be updated daily with reflections, rants, debate and the best bits of cross-examination and witness testimony.

Caroline Lucas and Richard Murphy will be giving evidence, plus a few secret witnesses.

Stay tuned for Day 1.

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Stick by the Brighton Nine. Trial begins 13th Sept.

Nine activists will be appearing in Brighton Magistrates Court on
13thSeptember for a two week trial and they need your support!

The nine took part in a nationwide protest to raise awareness about Sir Philip Green’s tax avoidance, superglueing themselves to Topshop’s windows as ‘Tax Dodger’ mannequins to make sure their point st(r)uck hom:

Billionaire retail tycoon Sir Philip Green owns the Arcadia Group, whose fashion chains include Topshop, Miss Selfridge, Burton, Evans and Dorothy Perkins.

Green – one of the UK’s most “successful” retailers – gets away with not paying millions into the public purse because his wife, Tina, is the direct owner of the Arcadia Group. Tina, as it happens, is officially a resident in Monaco, where zero income tax is charged.

Despite this, David Cameron felt it appropriate to appoint Sir Green as an advisor to the government on austerity measures.

This sort of corporate-government hypocrisy is unacceptable.

With ongoing announcements of worrying spending cuts
(http://ind.pn/o5Qj6n<http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-families/health-news/top-hospital-to-be-closed-as-cash-crisis-engulfs-nhs-2349300.html&gt;), public outrage over the destruction of their communities is at an all time high.

This blog will be updated daily from the day before to the close of the trial. Stay tuned.

We need and appreciate your support.

BrightonUncut

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23rd July – Bankers Block

Meet 12 noon tomorrow on The Level, Brighton.

Dress and act like a banker as we tour the disaster that is our banking system.

Bring your camera as we search for clues as to why the crash happened and who was responsible…

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Press Release: Brighton Uncut Action to Support Strikers

Contact: Brighton.uncut@gmail.

Brighton Uncut Target Banks and Tax Dodgers in Solidarity with Strikers

Brighton Uncut went on a tour of tax dodgers and banks today to support the 800,000 public sector workers on strike.

They handed out leaflets, sang songs and chatted to passers by to highlight that there are alternatives to the cuts. And got an overwhelming amount of support from shoppers.

Protesters met outside Vodafone in Churchill Square and tried to go into the store to talk to customers and staff. However they were violently ejected by security.

Once the police turned up protesters left Churchill Square to go to Boots and Barclays.

Terry Glib, one of the protesters, said “We tried to get into the shops to talk to customers and staff but it seems that the shops and banks are so embarrassed by their tax evasion and massive subsidies that they attacked us violently”

Sian McDoogle, a spokesperson, for Brighton Uncut commented “Tax dodging by corporations costs us £95bn a year and the banks get a £100bn subsidy each year, it’s a joke that they try and tell us we’re all in this together, the rich pay nothing whilst normal people have their services cut”

Later in the day two protesters were arrested outside TopShop in yet another example of over the top policing of protests.

Notes

More information see: http://www.ukuncut.org.uk/blog/breakfast-press-release

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Photos of Emergency Operation in Brighton

Brighton Uncut’s invasion of Barclay’s, Lloyd’s, Natwest, RBS, Lloyd’s again, Santander, Boots, BHS, Topshop and Vodafone! Joyous.

The day was a resounding success with 50+ anti-cuts/pro-NHS activists occupying and shutting down Brighton’s banks and tax-dodgers.

Photos of the day can be found here and here and video here.

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Day of Action – 28th May

Noon at the Clock Tower

The NHS is being restructured and sold and it’s going cheap! The Banks got a bailout and bonuses? Isn’t this the wrong way round???

Come dressed as NHS staff and be ready to operate in the belly of the beast…

(see the video http://www.vimeo.com/23791623 )

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MAY DAY IS HAPPENING – WEST PIER, RIGHT NOW

Oi Oi May Day revellers! Get yourselves to the West Pier on Brighton Seafront ASAP!!!!!

Woop Woop!

Brighton Uncut

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