Occupy’s Liverpool contingent was quiet for a while – from their St George’s Hall camp they moved to outside the Walker Gallery, and they’re freshly positioned in a disused office block on Dale Street.

But a peaceful demonstration on Church Street, also this weekend, and designed to highlight tax dodgers like TopShop, Vodafone and Boots, turned violent. And it sounded particularly ugly thanks to the reactions of security guards on shift. One video, above, suggest security were heavy handed in a bid to turf out the protestors, and bystanders got in the way.

The anonymous videomaker says: “Witnesses saw security guards punch a pregnant protester and burn a lit cigarette into one protesters face, along with countless other acts of criminal assault. On arrival, the police arrested 4 of the peaceful protesters and 1 security guard.

Personally, I had nothing to do with the protests and was simply present to document the event, however, I was unjustifiably forced into an ally way by 4 security guards and pushed to the floor, whilst demonstrating my right to film in a public place. I was also called a “fucking peado” and had my photo taken by 2 security guards who told me “we’ll fucking get you””.

One commenter was in Boots during the protest: “A big crowd of people led by a guy with a microphone charged into Boots. The security guard was totally outnumbered and did a good job of pushing everyone out of the shop. A woman got caught up in it all and the crowd jumped at the opportunity to shout “shame on you” at this guy doing his job. It was completely contradictory as there would have been no physical threat if they hadn’t all charged in for no good reason.”

As ever with incidents like this, there’s various – and varying – eyewitness accounts that shed different light on the situation. From what we’ve read from various sites, it sounds like the Occupy protesters’ unannounced entrance led to a spooked security staff, who probably don’t understand (and aren’t trained) how to deal with incidents any heavier than the occasional scally shoplifter, and things escalated unnecessarily into violence. As you can see from yourself from the video, the nasty outcome to all this wasn’t quite as peaceful as it should’ve been.

– Thanks to @Feverzine for the video tipoff.

  • AShearwood

    @7streets some security officers are just thugs. shocking behaviour, one rule for them and another for the rest of us!

  • David Andrews

    What do they expect to happen if they storm a shop? I was there and they were inconsiderate beyond belief. Kids were crying and old people were caught up in it. All for what? Shouting “shame on you” to someone doing there job shows the level of maturity of these people.

    What have the employees of boots or Topshop done to have this mindless lot storming into there shop and wreaking havoc all in the name of “destroy big business”? These are probably the lowest paid people in there particular business so do some fucking research before you go storming working class people doing there daily job. Moaning because the security guards got rough with you? Awww diddums!!! Its a good job the staff weren’t allowed at you too.

    These big business do employ a hell of a lot of people in Liverpool, would you just wish they moved elsewhere and took there jobs with them? And before your say “oh tax, oh big business”. People are barely living above the breadline at the moment. I guarantee you they would rather have a job to pay there bills, etc than have no job because the company has been forced out.

  • http://plainjane-plainjanestyle.blogspot.com/ Jane Gallagher

    Wow this has shocked me, yes I can guess the amount of young lads in dark sports gear probably panicked the security into thinking that this was a rerun of the summers riots but I really don’t think this is an excuse for violence and aggression. Calling the cameraman a peado was a low and did the security staff no favours. The stores should be training their security staff to deal with these situations in a civil manner and maybe the protesters need to be a bit more organised and savvy. I do fully support the protestors and if I hear of any further action I will be more than happy to take part but only if it is a proper protest and not just a bunch of scals on a jolly.

  • http://www.sevenstreets.com/ SevenStreets

    It does sometimes seem a little counterproductive to be protesting in a regional store, rather than the brands HQs, because it’s not like the girls behind the counter in Boots have anything to do – or probably care – about the firm’s tax situation. They just want to sell some moist wipes and get home.

  • http://plainjane-plainjanestyle.blogspot.com/ Jane Gallagher

    @SevenStreets Aye I take your point, however I think protesting at stores can be useful for two reasons, the first to target the business end of the offending company and second to put the message across to the shoppers who may not be aware of the issues. Although this tactic must be handled very carefully, running mob like into a shop shouting a few slogans is never going to win public support and can end in chaos like on sunday. Winning public support is key and this must be at the forefront of planning any protest like this.

  • kim stuffyacuts

    Just for the record, the security staff weren’t spooked by protesters, they are well versed in Liverpool Uncut actions. All Uncut actions are categorically non violent, the same cannot be said for the security guards, some of whom I recognise as part of a group of them who last year were offering to ‘have a whip round, I’ll f**k them for £50’ and threatening to follow people home and stab them.NICE! Furthermore, if anybody still feels sympathy for these thugs, maybe they’ll be interested to know the latest quotes from shop security staff…”Bouncers run this city (Liverpool)” and “Let’s fuck them while the busies (police) aren’t here”. This is all directed towards non violent, peaceful protesters, who’s only aim is highlighting tax dodging and evasion, which amounted to £146 billion last year. All in this together everyone?

  • Ben smith

    @Jane Gallagher @SevenStreets I was their on the day, as a shopper not a protester, and if anything this made me more annoyed at the protesters. Storming the shop to the point where security shut the doors until police arrive surely cannot be deemed a peaceful protest, non violent yes, but peaceful certainly not. Also church street and the L1 shopping centre are privately owned land which as part of the ownership deal must be made open to the public, and all the buildings are private, so any filming can be stopped I believe. Finally, this video is strategically edited. Not how all the stories are from the protesters and not the public point of view. The video has been made to justify what happened and make them seem less bad. Advancing in a mob on anyone, especially security staff is going to cause trouble, so the protesters caused it really.

  • geeski

    I am sick up to the back teeth of these so-called ‘protester’..was Degsi mingling with the crowd.

    If you want to protest against Capitalism..GO TO THE CAPITAL..problem is they wont let you get away with it their.