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In Birmingham, around 15 protesters shut down Topshop, BHS, Vodafone and Burtons in protest against an alleged tax avoidance of £300 million by Philip Green, who is to be made a government advisor as part of the cuts programme.
The demonstrations were mostly peaceful, apart from security guards in the Bull Ring shopping centre forcibly removing protesters by carrying & dragging them outside, and also physically forcing the press to stop taking photographs & removing them from the premises. Protesters moved from Topshop in the Bull Ring, which they had already infiltrated before the official action started, to BHS, Vodafone and finally Burtons. They chanted, handed out leaflets and explained to members of the public their reasons for demonstrating. The day of action ended peacefully, with the protesters heading off to the pub with an unintentional police escort.