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A brief history of UK Uncut

| January 12, 2012 | 0 Comments

If you are already a regular activist against the cuts or tuition fees rises, you will probably know who UK Uncut are, but for those who don’t here is a little introduction. UK Uncut began last year, around the time of the first big student marches, though they weren’t directly linked.

UK Uncut formed to protest against tax avoidance in the UK, following on from articles the founding members had read in Private Eye. The grassroots activists group celebrated their first birthday back in October.
The first protest led by UK Uncut was against Vodafone, whom it had recently been alleged had avoided tax. The group walked into a Vodafone shop on Oxford Street and proceeded to ‘occupy’ the building, prompting the store to close temporarily. The initial protest spurred support for future protests and events, and the group made excellent use of social media to gain support online in the blogosphere and over Twitter.

UK Uncut has targeted many businesses and corporations who have, allegedly, avoided tax in some form. This list includes the Arcadia Group (behind Topshop and Topman), Boots, and Fortnum & Mason.

In early October, UK Uncut diversified their actions and joined a health worker protest, forming a sit-in over Westminster Bridge. Westminster Bridge provides the main and busiest connection from SW1 to the St Thomas’ Hospital on the south-side of the river. This protest was supposed to demonstrate and reflect the damage that they believe the new Health and Social Care Bill will do for healthcare in the country.

UK Uncut are supporters of the OccupyLSX protests and have joined many other larger protests, such as the March for the Alternative earlier on in 2011.

UK Uncut are still campaigning, hosting events and leading protests. If you want to get involved, you can find out more on their website.


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