Archive for the ‘Ways you can help’ Category

Support the Spartacus at Court

October 2, 2011 Comments off

On October 10th there will be a case hearing for the trial and for the 21 brave people who are standing tall with the remaining defendants.

It’d be a great chance for you to come and show your solidarity with the Fortnum145 too, if you’re in London then, and there will be a small gathering by the Magistrates Court from 1pm to 3pm. Of course, there’ll be plenty of like-minded people there too.

So that’s:

10 October 2011
1pm – 3pm
City of Westminster Magistrates Court
181 Marylebone Road NW1 5HB

, so you can let us know if you’re coming.
We hope to see you there!

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.

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

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!


June 28, 2011 Comments off

If you have evidence that you think would help the fortnum145 please send it to us!

For smaller files (less than 40MB) please . It will send the files to Green and Black Cross who will be able to forward them onto the various solicitors representing the fortnum145.

If the evidence you have can’t be sent in this manner, please send an email to outlining what evidence you have and someone will get back to you (please ensure that the subject line reads “Fortnum145 Evidence”).


June 26, 2011 Comments off

You can now donate to help out the legal costs of the defendants!

Your money can contribute towards legal costs, travel arrangements and overnight stays – this trial is hurting the pockets of the defendants as well as every UK taxpayer . You’ll also be helping to stand up for the basic right of citizens to protest.

You can also help spread the word by letting your friends know that we’re accepting donations.

The lovely people at The Skint Fund are letting us use their bank account to hold the funds.

But this bank account is used by different activists – so donations for our defendants need to be marked “FandM” to make sure that they get the money that is meant for them!

You can pay via electronic transfer, or by going into a Co-operative Bank. The bank details are:

Account Name: The Skint Fund
Account Number: 65 38 58 83
Sort Code: 08-92-99

Cheques or postal orders can be made out to ‘The Skint Fund’ and posted to:

The Skint Fund
East Oxford Community Centre
44b Princes Street

Remember to mark your donation “ FandM “!

Help us to spread the word!

It’s really important that we let as many people as possible know that the defendants are in need of cash to fund their legal costs.

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Five Easy Steps to support the Fortnum145

June 12, 2011 Comments off

  1. Don a white top or white overall (as pictured above)
  2. Draw up a sign of support (we suggest ‘ I support the Fortnum & Mason 145 ‘, ‘ Drop the Case ‘ or ‘ Political Policing is Not Cool ‘)
  3. Set your camera up in portrait style and
  4. SMILE!
  5. Once you’ve taken your picture send it in to [email protected]

Click the buttons below to tell your friends to join the fun!

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We’re looking for witnesses!

April 14, 2011 Comments off

Hodge, Jo nes & Allen (solicitors) are appealing for witnesses from inside Fortnum and Mason on March 26th 2011.

Can you help us find any?

If we spread this as far and wide as we can, maybe we’ll hit upon a witness that can help out the Fortnum145 defendants!

If you’re a witness, please contact Raj Chada at Hodge, Jones & Allen as soon as you can!

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Send us your messages of support!

April 10, 2011 Comments off

A lot of the defendants are quite young and not very familiar with the legal process – they didn’t expect to be arrested! It would really help out right now if you could let them know that you’re behind them.

Just fill in the quick form below to send a quick message of support.

We may select some of your messages to feature on our website and social media.

Contact and sharing

April 10, 2011 Comments off

One of the ways you can get in touch with us by sending an email to:

[email protected]
[email protected] if you’re a member of the press.

Do you have any expertise that could help the campaign? .

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