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Posters and Flyers

November 7, 2011 Leave a comment

Can you help to promote the workshops outside court on the 10th ?

Just print out the fliers and the poster below and hand them out to whoever you can!

Your support is greatly appreciated – we need as many people as possible to come along and learn more about our right to protest and the threats against it.

Come to the workshops as the trial unfolds

October 27, 2011 Comments off

Thursday 10 November is the first day of the trial for the Fortnum145. Come and show your support outside the court for a demonstration with workshops, talks and music.

City Of Westminster Magistrates Court
181 Marylebone Road, NW1 5HB
London, United Kingdom
Thurs 10 November
12 – 2pm

As 11 defendants face their first day on trial for a sit-in protest at Fortnum and Mason last March, we’ll be there to show our support. As well as the usual banners and chants there will also be workshops on topics from Tax Justice and the Cuts to the History of Civil Disobedience and Knowing your Rights; Talks from well known political figures and live music.

We will be exploring the injustices that motivated the protest in the first place and discussing the disproportionate and political nature of the response received from the police and the government, from mass arrest to trial.

This demonstration will show those on trial that we support them, and is a space to raise the important issues that bring them to the court room . And if you work in London, it’s conveniently timed so you can pop-along during your lunch break!

Trial begins 10th November.
Come and show your support outside the court.

You can also help by handing out flyers and posters!

Support the remaining defendants

August 4, 2011 Comments off

On 19th August, the second half of the defendants remaining from the occupation of Fortnum and Masons will appear in court to enter their pleas and have their court dates set.

Our support is both an incredible morale boost for those facing the daunting prospect of the courtroom and also sends a clear message to those few that want to quash the right to protest.

Meeting place
City Of Westminster Magistrates Court, 70 Horseferry Road, London
Friday 19th August 2011
Time to meet

You all know the story by now…

The F&M occupation was described by a senior police officer on the scene as ‘sensible’ and ‘non-violent’. Another description of the sit-in reads: “the perfect accompaniment to my tea and scones” – a sit-in to draw attention to the £10m/year tax-dodge by Wittington Investments, the owners of Fortnum & Mason while the rest of the country faces deep cuts to public spending and services.

After being assured that they could leave safely and unhindered, the protesters were kettled by riot police. They were then arrested one by one – some none too gently! despite the lack of resistance on the behalf of the protesters – handcuffed and flung all across London for detention. The arrestees had their clothes and property confiscated, their DNA and fingerprints taken and stored. In possible breaches of arrest protocol, the arrestees were not intereviewed and some went without food for the 23+ hours that they were held. Protesters were finally released after up to the full maximum 24 hours detention in all white tracksuits/paper suits in unfamiliar areas of London – a sizeable number of arrestees being from far outside London.

Lynne Owens, the Assistant Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police, has admitted that the arrests were made for intelligence purposes.

The arrests have been universally condemned – as ‘confusing political anger with criminality’ and ”threaten[ing] the right to peacefully protest’. A coalition of unions and NGOs released a statement of support for the protesters saying that they ‘were treated in a political and deceptive manner by the police which sends an ominous message about the right to protest’.

Tax avoiders should be on trial, not protestors who raise awareness of their scams so please come and support the second half of the remaining defendants.

August 2, 2011 Comments off

In July MumsUncut held a tea party in Southampton to raise funds to help with the FM145 campaign. It was super fun and we raised £148. We hope our fundraising campaign continues well, and it’s a good job that we have a lot less work to do now (that they’ve dropped 115 cases)!

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Is this what British journalism has come to?

July 19, 2011 Comments off

Have you seen this? The Daily Express has posted this disgusting article , slandering protesters.

We wanted to be able to get you all to submit an official complaint to the Press Complaints Commission , but apparently the Express will no longer be covered by Press Complaints Commission as they’ve stopped paying into Press Standards Board of Finance , which funds the regulator.

Ah well. Social media seems to be the regulator of today, anyway.

How about we let the Express know what we think of them via Twitter instead ?

EDIT : You could also phone up their newsdesk, if you feel like you have anything to say to them: on 0207 098 2982

July 5, 2011 Comments off

Watching Twitter has been a great way to keep tabs on the Support the Right to Protest solidarity action today!

People on Twitter have been posting updates and comments, like this one from @HeardinLondon:

Ironically outside the @FM145 trial about the right to protest peacefully, folk are being told they will be arrested if they protest. #fm145

So they’ve taped up their mouths (apparently making it not a protest ) and have linked arms outside the court, reminiscent of the protesters leaving Fortnum and Mason together and unified.

We’ll post more information about how the trial went as soon as we hear. For now, though – thanks!!

June 30, 2011 Comments off

The group has organised a supporting protest outside the City of Westminster court on July 5th, to stand in solidarity with the Fortnum145!

at 1pm at:

City of Westminster Court, 70 Horseferry Road, SW1P

and it’d be great to see as many people there as possible!

May 12, 2011 Comments off

“Unlucky For Some”

An evening of music, comedy and short talks in support of the Fortnum 145, presented by Art Uncut and UK Uncut

Friday 13th May, 7pm, Bull and Gate, Kentish Town, London NW5

Following on from the sell-out show on March 18th, Art Uncut and UK Uncut have got together to present another fabulous not-for-profit night of stand-up comedy, music and speakers united in opposition to the economic and social folly of the Conservative-led government’s austerity measures.

Speakers : Laurie Penny (New Statesman), Robin Hood Tax Campaign, UK Uncut
Comedy : Andy Zaltzman, Javier Costales
Music : Fold, The Magic Lantern, Chris T-T, The Temp and the Tycoon
Video messages : Mark Thomas, Polly Toynbee, Nicholas Shaxson, Richard Murphy


About Art Uncut : To complement the UK Uncut actions, Art Uncut is planning a series of creative events aimed at opening up the anti-cuts movement to a wider audience. It hopes to build a broad, sustained coalition of opposition to the cuts, with the potential for real political influence. For more information:

About the Fortnum 145 : The ‘Fortnum 145’ are the protestors who, on the weekend of March 26th 2011, were arrested after an occupation of the department store Fortnum & Mason in London. The occupation raised awareness of a £40million tax dodge by F&M’s parent company, Wittington Investments. A police spokesperson inside the building was filmed saying the demonstration was “sensible” and “non-violent” and shopper Joan Higgins from Liverpool described the protester’s theatrical show as “the perfect accompaniment to my tea and scones”. The ‘Fortnum 145’ campaign is being run by the friends and family of those protesters.