Saturday, June 25, 2011
Daily Mail, Violence Breaks Out as Protesters Seek to Shame Bono Over Failure to Pay Tax in Ireland as He Headlines Glastonbury
Violent scenes broke out in the crowd at U2's long-awaited Glastonbury debut last night as a protest against the Irish band's tax status was foiled by security guards.
As Bono and his bandmates took to the Pyramid Stage, activists from direct action group Art Uncut inflated a 20ft balloon emblazoned with the message 'U Pay Your Tax 2'.
But as the campaigners tried to release the balloon over the 50,000-strong crowd, a team of ten security guards wrestled them to the ground before deflating the balloon and taking it away. ...
Art Uncut had been hoping to spark debate around big-earning stars' duty to pay taxes in their native country. Campaigner Charlie Dewar said: "U2's multi million-euro tax dodge is depriving the Irish people at a time when they desperately need income to offset the Irish government's savage austerity programme. ... Bono is well-known for his anti-poverty campaigning but Art Uncut is accusing him of hypocrisy."
(Hat Tip: Eric Robinson.) Prior TaxProf Blog coverage: