Monday, 6 June 2011

‘Saint Bono’ the anti-poverty campaigner facing huge Glastonbury protest – for avoiding tax

 

By George ArbuthnottTarget: Bono is being accused of tax avoidance in his native Ireland and is likely to see a protest from the stage

Target: Bono (right) is being accused of tax avoidance in his native Ireland and is likely to see a protest from the stage

He is the rock legend dubbed ‘Saint Bono’ for his long-running campaign against global poverty.

But when Bono’s band U2 perform at Glastonbury later this month, protesters are planning to accuse them of avoiding taxes which could have helped exactly the sort of people the singer cares about so dearly.

Members of activist group Art Uncut will hoist a massive inflatable sign with the message ‘Bono Pay Up’ spelt out in lights during the Irish band’s headline performance.

They will also parade bundles of oversized fake cash in front of the singer.

The protest has been provoked by U2′s decision to move their multi-million-pound music and publishing business away from Ireland – thus allegedly avoiding taxes on record sales.

A spokesman for Art Uncut, an off-shoot of controversial group UK Uncut, said the protest would not be violent or disrupt U2′s set – but would be ‘highly visible’.

He said: ‘Bono claims to care about the developing world, but U2 greedily indulges in the very kind of tax avoidance that is crippling poor nations.

‘We will be showing the very real impact of U2′s tax avoidance on hospitals and schools in Ireland. Anyone watching will be made very aware that Bono needs to pay up.’

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