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FORTRESS & ASTRAZENECA SHAREHOLDER PROTESTS IN LONDON
Friday, 19th November
Activists first protested outside Fortress Investment Group's UK HQ at 5 Savile Row, London, W1S 3PD for another loud demo against the blood money lenders to HLS. Without their under-handed financial support, HLS would have had very few options to keep afloat. Remember, HLS used to be a company worth $500 million, who owned their land and property, had a UK high street chequing account and was trading regularly on the stock exchanges.
HLS had to sell their land and property off and then lease it back to try and keep solvent, no insurance company or mainstream bank will give them facilities, these are now provivded by the UK government, they were forced to go privatenas the sharebase was desimated and they are now $120 million in debt. HLS are a shadow of their former selves and we will continue to keep the pressure on them until they are no more.
Any company that gives financial support, is a customer or supplier to HLS are all part of the same animal abuse industry and we will treat you in the same way as if you were torturing and murdering those 500 animals that are killed every day inside HLS.
So we will continue to put pressure on Fortress for the evil they have done in helping to keep HLS open, we will never forget that Fortress have allowed over 600,000 animals to die to their funding to HLS.
After the Fortress demo finished it was time to move into the city financial centre were we went straight to the largest shareholder of a major customer of HLS who pay for experiments to done there. Vanguard have over 23 million shares in AstraZeneca (between two funds) and we were there to urge Vanguard to dump their shares or get AZ to pull out of HLS once and for all. This is a good demo location, with much passing traffic and the public and many flyers were given out about Vanguard's dealings with AstraZeneca and HLS, both companies have been exposed for suspressing test data and animal cruelty. We will definately be coming back to these offices at 50 Cannon Street, London, EC4N 6JJ
Next protest of the day was at JP Morgan, one of the top four shareholders of Fortress with offices at 125 London Wall, London, EC2Y 5AJ and 100 Wood Street, London EC2V 7AN had loud and spirited demos outside both their offices. As usual JP Morgan go into lock down and force all their employees through just one small door past our protest. We will continue to name and shame this greedy company until they do the right things and dump their shares in Fortress.
Last protest stop of the day was Nomura at 1 Angel Lane, off Upper Thames Street, London EC4R 3AB. Nomura are very important to Fortress and have many financial ties with Fortress, being the largest shareholder and even sharing some directors. Although the city police were already there, Nomura's security staff were quick to start pushing activists around, but we were having none of it and continued with our protest outside their main entrance and side entrance, so all employees had to pass us and learn about their company's dealings with funding animal abuse and torture, we stayed until after dark and left.
Nomura with a very clear message - we will never, ever stop until you pull out of your dealing with Fortress or until Fortress recall their blood money loan to HLS.
Until all are free