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ASTRAZENECA SHAREHOLDERS PROTESTS IN LONDON

Friday, 7th January

London activists started the morning off with a visit to Wellington Management at 80 Victoria Street, London SW1E 5JL Tel: +44(0)20 7126 6000, as they are the largest institutional shareholder (with nearly 19 million shares) of the discredited pharma company AstraZeneca. AZ were raided by the European Commission at the end of last year as they are being investigated about colluding to keep cheaper drugs off the market.

As it was raining, some campaigners went inside to keep dry and talk with Wellington staff about their shareholding with a company that pays for animals to be tortured inside HLS and lies in court over their side effects of their 'safe' drugs. Others started a loud protest outside their main entrance, attracting much interest from the passing public as the Met and private security helped swell our numbers and presence.

We continued your protest here for about an hour before moving on to BlackRock's offices near London Bridge at 33 King William Street, London EC4R 9AS Tel: +44 (0)20 7743 2191 as they are the largest equity shareholders of AstraZeneca with a massive 160 million shares between different funds. We'll continue to focus on AZ shareholders, especially some of the main players to highlight AstraZeneca's track record and their dealings with the multi-exposed HLS. In 2011 we will focus on the top customers of HLS to continue to apply pressure on them to ditch HLS.

Again, after an hour outside their offices, activists moved on to two different offices of Axa - another major shareholder of AstraZeneca - where we had short, loud demos at their UK HQ at 5 Old Broad Street, London, EC2N 1AD Tel: +44 (0)20 7920 5900 and then later at their investment managers office at 7 Newgate Street. London EC1A 7NX. Tel: +44 (0)20 7330 6619.

Axa, you make out you're an ethical company with an insurance partnership with the RSPCA, when at the same time you are part owning a company that funds animal abuse and torture at HLS. Guess that makes you more hypocritical then most companies as they don't try to make out that they are ethical?

Rest assured we'll be highlighting the very big holes in your ethical policy to your clients and the public. AstraZeneca are a sick company that only care about profit, they put marketing before human health and certainly don't give a damn that they continue to use the worst of the worst animal labs, with an historic record of animal cruelty and abuse, scientific fraud and sloppy work practices. As long as companies deal and support HLS, we'll be outside their offices to name and shame them about their involvement in 2011.

SHAC London

 


 
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