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Cardiff NHS protest against Topshop tax dodger
Topshop in Cardiff city centre was occupied on Saturday 28 May. This was in protest at cuts to the NHS taking place while billionaire business people like Topshop's owner Sir Phillip Green avoid paying tax.
Green, for example, gave himself a bonus of £1.2 billion, but paid it to his wife who is registered as a resident of Monaco and so avoided paying £500 million tax in Britain.
UK Uncut activists joined with members of Cardiff Against the Cuts, socialists and other anti-capitalist campaigners to occupy Topshop's flagship store in Wales for an hour. Security personnel grappled with peaceful protesters as Topshop management closed the store.
Hundreds of shoppers and protesters gathered outside the store as a stand-off with the police developed. Most shoppers supported the protest.
The UK Uncut occupation coincided with a number of protests in Cardiff city centre.
Some Spanish students had organised a Democratia Real Ya rally in support of youth occupying squares in Spanish cities against unemployment. Cardiff Against the Cuts organised a 'Busk Against the Cuts' and Socialist Party members campaigned against £1.9 billion being cut from the NHS in Wales.
All four campaigns came together at the Topshop protest.
In The Socialist 1 June 2011:
Socialist Party news and analysis
International socialist news and analysis
National Shop Stewards Network
Socialist Party NHS campaigning
Socialist Party workplace news
Youth fight for jobs and education
Socialist Party feature