Tax protest leads to closure of Bristol branch of Starbucks
Starbucks in Broadmead closed early this afternoon after a protest from tax avoidance campaigners.
UK Uncut and Bristol Anarchist Federation helped organise the demonstration with up to 40 protesters there from around 1.30pm.
A police source said that managers had decided to close early after the protesters went inside the coffee shop.
A Bristol AFed spokesman said: "The action was organised by members of Bristol Anarchist Federation and friends responding to the callout from UK Uncut.
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"Starbucks closed for the day after people handed out leaflets inside the shop and spoke to staff and customers."
The Bristol Indymedia website sent a rallying call to protesters to meet in Castle Park before making their way down to Broadmead.
The website stated: "Whilst local businesses who pay their taxes struggle through a double-dip recession and prolonged period of stagnation, multinationals such as Starbucks are able to continue making huge profits as they don't pay the 27% corporation tax they ought to. Local services are being cut, public services such as the NHS are being privatised and vulnerable groups such as the disabled are targeted while multi-billion dollar multinationals who could most afford to bear the brunt of the age of austerity pay nothing towards the society that sustains them."
In a statement, a Starbucks spokesperson said: "Our highest priority is and remains the safety of our customers and employees. We trust that UK Uncut will respect it.
"We offered to meet with UK Uncut to discuss their concerns and make the protest a safe event for all involved. This invitation remains open."