Published on Fri Apr 8, 2011 by David Colbran

I have been documenting the emerging direct action group UK Uncut. In only a few months, from a single action in London in October 2010, UK Uncut has spread to up to fifty-five towns and cities, highlighting many examples of corporation tax avoidance, while at the same time, building a powerful grassroots mass movement resisting the current Government cuts. Many of the actions have been fun, peaceful and humorous. Support for UK Uncut Liverpool from the general public has been amazing, with many Saturday shoppers stopping for a chat and people genuinely interested in finding out more. Below are a few highlights and some tear sheets of published photographs.

 

UK Uncut activists Liverpool Natwest

 

UK Uncut activists Liverpool HSBC

 

UK Uncut direct action Liverpool HSBC

 

One particular action from back in February saw UK Uncut activists set up a hospital inside the Liverpool One branch of RBS owned Natwest. The aim was to protest against cuts to public services, they argued cuts would be unnecessary if corporations did not employ massive tax avoidance policies. 4 patients played dead and dying from high interest rates and haemorrhaged bonuses whilst 3 completely untrained 'big society doctors' tried valiantly to administer cash injections. Later they moved the 'hospital' to a branch of the HSBC forcing it to close early and finally set up a 'field triage' outside Vodafone on Church Street.

 

UK Uncut in Liverpool outside Vodafone

 

Press Association and Demotix are currently marketing my images and they have been used in several publications. The image above from outside Vodafone on Church Street, featured on the front page of research group You Gov’s website. While the collection of images featured on the front page of agency Demotix's website during February 2011.


UK Uncut image on You Gov website

 

UK Uncut photography on front page of Demotix

 

Please don’t hesitate to get in touch if you would like to licence protest images directly from me, please complete the contact form and I will get back to you as soon as possible.

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Author: David Colbran

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