Protesters enter Barclays branch
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Tax activists stage Barclays sit-in in central London

Tax activists have staged a sit-in at a branch of Barclays Bank in central London.

About 60 demonstrators from the group UK Uncut entered a branch on Tottenham Court Road and another 50 protested in the street at Piccadilly Circus.

Campaigners said they wanted to turn the buildings into a library.

Barclays has said it paid £113m in corporation tax in 2009, which was 2.4% of its global profit.

In response to the revelation of its corporate tax bill, Barclays has said: "The corporate tax affairs of an organisation with the global footprint of Barclays are complex and not reducible to simplistic comparisons."

A spokesman for UK Uncut, Gary Dunion said they were calling on Barclays to "pay their way".

  • 19 Feb 2011
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