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ASTRAZENECA SHAREHOLDERS HAVE DEMOS IN LONDON
Thursday, 25th November
As an early start to the Pick n Mix day of action, London activists went to a couple of the major AstraZeneca shareholders in London. Since AZ are having a few financial problems at the moment and laying off staff and trying to sell some of their global sites and subsidiaries to keep their blood money profits rolling in, we decided to pay a visit to those that invest in AstraZeneca's dirty, cruel profits. Lets make them pay!
First demo of the day was Wellington Management International, as the largest AZ shareholder with over 18 million shares, whose offices are near Victoria rail station at Cardinal Place, 80 Victoria Street, London SW1E 5JL, Tel: +44(0)20 7126 6000.
We went into their building and went to the upstairs reception to request a meeting with them as they had not replied to emails about their blood money investments with AZ. But they seemed too shy or embarrassed that they make their profit out of the torture and abuse at HLS to talk to us. So we let the whole building know why we were there with a great deal of interest and other building users were surprised that any company at this prestigious address invests in animal abuse. We made sure their secret came out!
We gave out many leaflets during the busy lunchtime period outside their main entrance, while the building users went for their lunch past the protest. With much passing interest from the public, staff and local police who helped to make the demo more visual. After an hour and half we finished for the day and got on the tube to the next protest in the city...
Vanguard are the largest mutual fund holder of AstraZeneca with over 9 million shares, their offices are at 50 Cannon Street, London, EC4N 6JJ, Tel: 0800 408 2065 and 0800 917 5508 which is a good demo location with much passing traffic and public. We started protests against them last week in London and we will continue to target them and anyone that deals with AZ, until they dump their blood money shares. AstraZeneca, can you really afford for your share price to drop as we target your shareholders. It's really very simple - stop supporting and funding the abuse and animal torture at HLS. Why not join Roche, Novartis and hundreds of other companies that have seen the light and realise that it is bad news for anyone that deals with HLS. We wonder just how many exposes will it take before you make the right decision?
But until then, rest assured we will never stop the pressure against you and your financial allies like those protested at today, as well as Axa and Tradewinds Global, another two of your main shareholders.
We will continue to highlight and protest at yours (and your funders) offices until you dump HLS. Time to make a statement AZ!
Note: AstraZeneca have sites, subsidiaries and shareholders around the world, see: www.shac.net/AZAction/takeaction/index.html and see you in the streets for the animals, until all are free!