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Friday, 18th March

Activists started the day by going to BlackRock at 33 King William Street, London EC4R 9AS. (Tel: 0800 445 522), the largest equity investor in AstraZeneca where a loud and visual protest was held outside their offices to highlight BlackRock for investing in animal abuse at HLS. One employee even said that he wasn't bothered about AstraZeneca colluding to keep cheap drugs off the market and suppress test data to hide side effects! Shows you the sort of mentality of people that work at BlackRock? You will learn compassion is not a dirty word, but something everyone should be!

We then met up with more activists near Bank tube and moved onto Aviva Investors at 1 Poultry, London EC2R 8EJ. (Tel: 020 7809 6000 and 0800 0154 773), part owners of AstraZeneca's building at 2 Kingdom Street near Paddington. As landlords of AstraZeneca, Aviva Investors are well aware of AstraZeneca's sordid track record of animal cruelty, suppression of test data, lying about side effects of their drugs, tax evaders, over charging doctors for their drugs, etc (the list goes on...) - surely not the sort of company they should deal with? The offices went into lock down with staff being ushered out the back of their building for their lunch - how embarrassing! There was a lot of interest during the busy lunchtime protest, with passers by asking what Aviva Investors, AstraZeneca and HLS do for them to warrant such protests.

Then we went further west to Axa Investor Managers, 7 Newgate Street London, EC1A 7NX (Tel: 020 7003 1000). Axa are an institutional and equity investor of AstraZeneca who rub shoulders with the RSPCA to pretend they care about animals, while at the same time investing in horrific, unnecessary animal abuse at HLS. After an hour activists went back east to near Bank tube again and Axa's UK HQ, at 5 Old Broad Street, London EC2N 1AD (Tel: 020 7920 5900) to continue our message to them - either come clean about being liars and hypocrites or actually follow 'your' ethical policy and stop investing in abuse and torture at the multiple exposed HLS. Axa seemed to be quite ashamed of their unethical investment and closed all their doors into their building making it very hard for their visitors and employees to come and go. We wonder what they all made of it?

Final stop of the day was Invesco, at 30 Finsbury Square, London, EC2A 1AG (Tel: 020 7065 4000), a large equity investor of AstraZeneca and GSK, (both HLS customers who pay for cruel 'experiments' there). The police and Invesco's security made the demo more visual and helped attract more attention to Invesco's dirty dealings. With two passers by making comments about what a greedy, scummy company there are! Sounds like you are well known already Invesco! You can not hide away from your moral responsibilities and we urge you to stop your investments of these immoral, cruel and abusing companies that harm humans and animals alike.

Until all are free

SHAC London



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